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THE DANGER OF SHAKE BABY - SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME

THE DANGER OF SHAKE BABY - SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME
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New born baby are very fragile, please do not shake a baby. This happen usually when adults get frustrated and angry with baby, then shake the baby violently. If we are take care of baby, that is very important to understand the danger of shaking the baby. Also we should tell everyone who cares our baby that NEVER EVER shake the baby for any reason.

What is Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) ?
When a baby is vigorously shaken, the head moves back and forth. This sudden whiplash motion can cause bleeding inside the head and increased pressure on the brain, causing the brain to pull apart and resulting in injury to the baby. This is known as Shaken Baby Syndrome, and is one of the leading forms of fatal child abuse. A baby's head and neck are susceptible to head trauma because his or her muscles are not fully developed and the brain tissue is exceptionally fragile. Head trauma is the leading cause of disability among abused infants and children.

Shaken Baby Syndrome occurs most frequently in infants younger than six months old, yet can occur up to the age of three. Often there are no obvious outward signs if inside injury, particularly in the head or behind the eyes. In reality, shaking a baby, if only for a few seconds, can injure the baby for life. These injuries can include brain swelling and damage; cerebral palsy; mental retardation; developmental delays; blindness; hearing loss; paralysis and death. When a child is shaken in anger and frustration, the force is multiplied five or 10 times than it would be if the child had simply tripped and fallen.

How does it happen?
Often frustrated parents or other persons responsible for a child's care feel that shaking a baby is a harmless way to make a child stop crying. The number one reason a baby is shaken is because of inconsolable crying. Almost 25 percent of all babies with Shaken Baby Syndrome die. It is estimated that 25-50 percent of parents and caretakers aren't aware of the effects of shaking a baby.

What can you do to prevent a tragedy?
If you or someone else shakes a baby, either accidentally or on purpose, call 911 or take the child to the emergency room immediately. Bleeding in side the brain can be treated. Immediate medical attention will save your baby many future problems . . . and possible the baby's life.

Other Suggestions for Parents
Never throw or shake a baby Always provide support for the baby's head and neck Place the baby in a crib, leave the room for a few minutes Sit down, close your eyes and count to 20
Take the baby for a stroller ride Play music, or sing to the baby Ask a friend to "take over" for a while Don't pick the baby up until you feel calm
Make sure the baby is fed, burped and dry Gently rock or walk the baby Check for discomfort  of diaper rash, teething or fever Call the doctor if you think the baby is sick
Make sure clothing is not too tight Give the baby a pacifier Offer a noisy toy or rattle Hug and cuddle the baby gently

(by National Exchange Club Foundation, preventchildabuse.com)

Shaken Baby Syndrome Symptoms

Here are a few symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome that have already been discovered:

  • Head turned to one side.
  • Unable to lift or turn head.
  • Pinpointed, dilated, or unequal size pupils.
  • Blood pooling in the eyes.
  • Pupils unresponsive to light.
  • Bulging or spongy forehead.
  • No smiling or vocalization.
  • Poor sucking or swallowing.
  • Rigidity.
  • Semi-consciousness, lethargy, or decreased muscle tone.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Seizures or spasms.
  • Swollen head, which may appear later.

Shaken Baby Syndrome Statistics

  • One shaken baby in four dies.
    Some studies estimate that 15% of children's deaths are due to battering or shaking, and an additional 15% are possible cases of shaking.
  • Of the 37 children that died in Florida in 1995-96 13 died from a combination of Shaken Baby Syndrome/ Head Trauma.
  • Of the thousands that survive death, serious injury usually occurs.
    "SBS" victims range in age from a few days to a few months old; the average is six months.
  • More than 60% of the victims of Shaken Baby Syndrome are male.
  • Almost 80% of the perpetrators of Shaken Baby Syndrome are male

These Shaken Baby Syndrome Statistics are scarry, at best. Please help us spread the word about Shaken Baby Syndrome. (by aboutshakenbaby.com)

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