Shaken Baby Syndrome

(SBS)

What is it?

Shaken baby syndrome usually occurs when a parent or caregiver severely shakes a child in frustration or anger, often because the child won't stop crying.

Symptoms

Symptoms include irritability, difficulty staying awake, seizures, abnormal breathing, poor eating, bruises, and vomiting.

Treatment

Treatment will vary depending on complications related to shaken baby syndrome. In some instances, breathing support or surgery may be needed to stop bleeding in the brain.

Ages Effected

They are effected at the ages mainly 0-2 years old.

How to prevent it!


  • Give the baby a pacifier.
  • Run a vacuum cleaner within hearing range of the infant.
  • Take the baby for a walk in a stroller or a car ride.
  • Put the baby in a safe carrier on top of a clothes dryer while it is operating (do not leave the baby unattended).
  • Simply hug and cuddle the child gently. Young infants can be held in a sling or front carrier that keeps the infant close to the body.