1. Infant/Family Safety Topics:
A variety of resources are listed here to help you learn more about infant and family safety including 911, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Helpline, car seats, poison control, family safety check, and adult and child abuse.
See resources here: Infant/Family Safety Topics
2. Abusive Head Trauma / Shaken Baby Syndrome:
Never Shake a Baby!
Abusive Head Trauma (AHT), also known as Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), is 100% preventable and is a form of physical child abuse to a baby or young child. AHT can be caused by shaking alone or from an injury that results in a whiplash motion that may cause bleeding inside the brain or eyes. Even a few seconds of violent shaking can cause serious injuries.
Babies are more susceptible to injury because:
- Their heads are bigger and heavier compared to the rest of their body;
- They have weak neck muscles;
- Their brains are delicate and still developing;
- The baby is much smaller and weaker than the person shaking them.
According to the National Center on SBS, AHT is the leading cause of Child Abuse Death within the United States. Out of the approximate 1,300 reported cases per year, 80% of survivors have lifelong disabilities, and 25% of the cases will die. Babies (newborns to 4 months) are at greatest risk of injury from shaking because inconsolable crying is a primary trigger for shaking a baby.
As the baby is shaken, the brain moves within the skull, hurting or destroying brain tissue. Shaking also can tear blood vessels around the brain, creating increased pressure inside the head, causing more injury to the brain. “Any of these injuries can lead to severe disability or death.” Seek medical attention right away if any head injury is suspected.
Signs and Symptoms of AHT
123 Don't Shake Me brochure: English Spanish
3. Soothing Infant Crying:
Babies cry. Crying is a baby's way of communicating and is a part of the normal developmental behavior in infants. Sometimes babies just cry, and there is nothing you can do about it. It's not your fault. Inconsolable crying is a primary trigger for shaking a baby.
Don't be caught off guard. Shaking, throwing, hitting, or hurting a baby is never an appropriate response. Learn more on how to comfort your crying baby and the resources available if you need help.
References used in the development of this page:
(1) Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury; Heads Up: Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [Online] July 03, 2014.
(2) National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome. dontshake.org. [Online] July 3, 2014
(3) Baby Care 101 - Soothing your Crying Baby. March of Dimes. [Online] [Cited: 09 03, 2014.]
(4) Shaken Baby Syndrome. Childhelp.org. [Online] [Cited: October 2, 2014.]
Please direct question and/or comments to Jackie Moline, BSN, RN
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