Surviving Shaken Baby Syndrome

14 Dec

Baby London Marie did not survive her encounter with Shaken Baby Syndrome, but there are those who do. This is what they face:

What Happens:

  • The brain rotates within the skull cavity, injuring or destroying brain tissue
  • When shaking occurs, blood vessels feeding the brain can be torn, leading to bleeding around the brain
  • Blood pools within the skull, sometimes creating more pressure within the skull and possibly causing additional brain damage
  • Retinal (back of the eye) bleeding is very common

Immediate Consequences:

  • Breathing may stop or be compromised
  • Extreme irritability
  • Seizures
  • Limp arms and legs or rigidity/posturing
  • Decreased level of consciousness
  • Vomiting; poor feeding
  • Inability to suck or swallow
  • Heart may stop
  • Death

Long-Term Consequences:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical disabilities
  • Visual disabilities or blindness
  • Hearing impairment
  • Speech disabilities
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Seizures
  • Behavior disorders
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Death

Why:

  • Babies’ heads are relatively large and heavy, making up about 25% of their total body weight. Their neck muscles are too weak to support such a disproportionately large head.
  • Babies’ brains are immature and more easily injured by shaking.
  • Babies’ blood vessels around the brain are more susceptible to tearing than older children or adults.

When:

  • Often, perpetrators shake an infant or child out of frustration or anger. This most often occurs when the baby won’t stop crying. Other triggering events include toilet training difficulties and feeding problems.

The more you know, the less chance you have (or someone you know has) of turning into a beast capable of harming an innocent child. Share this knowledge; it’s crucial to the lives of our precious children.

Source: National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

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4 Responses to “Surviving Shaken Baby Syndrome”

  1. kelly leann walker December 14, 2007 at 8:57 PM #

    this is so sad! i jus read the bulliton on london sherwood on myspace! how culd sum1 do sumthin like this to sum1 so small and young! or to any1 at all!

  2. Faerie♥Kat December 14, 2007 at 9:52 PM #

    Hi Kelly

    The more I research and learn about SBS, the more convinced I become that the solution could be very simple: don’t let parents leave the hospital without being briefed on the dangers of SBS and being given the resources and information they need to understand and cope with crying infants. We won’t let them leave without a car seat and that’s just so they can get home. It would cost far less than a car seat to educate someone on the dangers of SBS! I encourage you to visit my latest post (https://faeriekat.wordpress.com/2007/12/14/our-chance-to-act-shaken-baby-syndrome-prevention-act/) and write your Congressman and Senator.

    Thanks so much for dropping by.

    Kat

  3. Justine December 15, 2007 at 12:59 AM #

    Actually Pennsylvaina does educate you on SBS. You even have to sign a paper saying that the nurse explained it to you and you get a little pamphlet. I know this because my oldest was born in PA, my youngest was born in WV and no such thing is done.

  4. Faerie♥Kat December 15, 2007 at 1:21 AM #

    This is why a national law is needed (https://faeriekat.wordpress.com/2007/12/14/our-chance-to-act-shaken-baby-syndrome-prevention-act/); it seems like a no-brainer to me, just plain common sense. If we are concerned enough to make parent’s purchase a car seat to get their infant home from the hospital, we should provide them with the knowledge and tools to cope with a crying infant and avoid becoming another SBS statistic. Thanks, Justine. Excellent comment. Kat

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