Never Shake a Baby

Infants require more care and attention than your fantasy football league and fine china combined. However, sometimes there is such a thing as too much attention if it is from someone who does not have a baby’s best interest at heart. Shaken Baby Syndrome or Abusive Head Trauma is a prime example of this.

Shaken Baby Syndrome occurs when one shakes a baby enough to where their brain rattles around in their skull and ruptures blood vessels and nerves and tears brain tissue. The damage is especially worse when the shaking ends with an impact of the baby’s head on a hard surface.

Abusive Head Syndrome can happen to a child up to five years old. The average age of a victim is three to eight months, but the highest rate in which Shaken Baby Syndrome occurs is six to eight weeks, when babies cry the most. Babies with special needs or siblings are more at risk than those not a part of these demographics. Children in low income households are also more at risk.

Males are a clear majority when comparing which gender causes Shaken Baby Syndrome more often. 70% of the culprits are men, many of which are either their fathers or their mother’s boyfriends. Most of the people that cause Shaken Baby Syndrome are in their early 20s.

Normal interaction with a baby will not cause Shaken Baby Syndrome. It is okay to bounce your baby on your knee or rock them to sleep. However, if you are mad at or annoyed with your baby, it is best to keep your distance until you can calm down.

The website of the Chris Mayo Law Firm says that coping with the injury of an infant is difficult for parents to face. If your child’s caretaker has a bad temper and doesn’t know not to shake the baby, they could cause serious harm. It goes without saying, but it’s good to reiterate: only leave your child in the hands of people you absolutely trust.

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