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Shaken Baby Syndrome

June 3, 2013

Shaken baby syndrome represents a type of damage caused to the brain that happens when a child is shaken violently. Trembling can cause bleeding in the brain (subdural hemorrhages) or blood loss in the retinas (retinal hemorrhages). Additional damage happens when the shaken child is thrown down onto a surface, leading to shaken impact syndrome.

When a kid is shaken, the mind bounces back and forth against the edges of the head. Infants’ leads are very huge and heavy in proportion to the relaxation of their bodies. This causes inflammation, bruising and blood loss in the brain.

The potential repercussions of shaking babies include:

  • Brain damage
  • Blindness
  • Hearing loss
  • Speech and studying conditions, such as psychological retardation
  • Seizures
  • Neck and vertebrae harm
  • Death

Symptoms of shaken baby syndrome:

  • Excessive depression
  • Vomiting
  • Poor appetite
  • Breathing complications
  • Convulsions (seizures)
  • Lethargy
  • Pale- or blue-colored skin

Risks of shaken baby syndrome:

shaken baby syndrome

Shaken baby syndrome happen in the majority of babies up to one season, with the infant’s outdated two to several weeks being most at danger. It does not usually occur after the age of two, but kids as old as five or six can be broken in this way if the shaking is tremendously aggressive.


Medical care providers do not always know the truth about whether or not, trembling has engaged in an injury. Also, infants and very small children cannot tell physicians or nurses what occurred or what affects they had. Many signs of SBS (such as depression, nausea, or lethargy) are also common for minimal circumstances like viral infections.

It has been recommended that physicians should use additional assessments when an injury seems to be possible. X-rays can show skull injuries and physicians may recommend magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) assessments or computed tomography (CT) tests. Special attention should be given for the proof of retinal blood loss (bleeding at the back of the eyes).

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