Shaking Baby Syndrome

By: Brisa Ojeda

How does a baby effect a mother Emotionally and psychologically....

Many woman have emotional changes after giving birth. Some woman may feel overwhelmed and stressed. While others may feel sad and depressed, But there are two different kinds of depression. The first more common type of depression is called the baby blues. The baby blues could only last a couple of days after the baby birth. The other more intense depression is called post-pardon depression. All of those emotions are very common, because all the hormones left in a woman's body after giving birth.

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Shaking baby syndrom

Abusive head trauma/inflicted traumatic brain injury, also called shaken baby/shaken impact syndrome (or SBS). This is a form of inflicted head trauma. Abusive head trauma can be caused by direct blows to the head, dropping or throwing a child, or shaking a child. Head trauma is the leading cause of death in child abuse cases in the United States.

How does this happen...

The abuser in these cases are most often parents or caregivers. Common triggers are frustration or stress when the child is crying. Unfortunately, the shaking may have the desired effect: although at first the baby cries more, he or she may stop crying as the brain is damaged.

How can shaking baby syndrome be prevented

Finding ways to alleviate the parent or caregiver's stress at the critical moments when a baby is crying can significantly reduce the risk to the child.

  1. Shushing (using "white noise" or rhythmic sounds that mimic the constant whir of noise in the womb, with things like vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, clothes dryers, a running tub, or a white noise CD)
  2. Side/stomach positioning (placing the baby on the left side — to help digestion — or on the belly while holding him or her, then putting the sleeping baby in the crib or bassinet on his or her back)
  3. Sucking (letting the baby breastfeed or bottle-feed, or giving the baby a pacifier or finger to suck on)
  4. Swaddling (wrapping the baby up snugly in a blanket to help him or her feel more secure)
  5. Swinging gently (rocking in a chair, using an infant swing, or taking a car ride to help duplicate the constant motion the baby felt in the womb)