Most cases of abusive head trauma (also called shaken baby syndrome) happen to babies and toddlers younger than 2 years old. Rarely, it can happen in children up to 5 years old. It can happen to boys or girls in any family.
How do I know if my baby has shaken baby syndrome?
The following signs and symptoms may indicate shaken baby syndrome:
- Altered level of consciousness.
- Drowsiness accompanied by irritability.
- Convulsions or seizures.
- Dilated pupils that do not respond to light.
- Decreased appetite.
- Posture in which the head is bent back and the back arched.
Can a baby give themselves shaken baby syndrome?
“Often, older children may have additional injuries, such as blunt force trauma from being thrown or pushed against a floor or a wall,” McPeck-Stringham says, but notes that violently shaking a child at this age could also cause brain damage. Can baby get shaken baby syndrome in the womb? No.
Is shaking a toddler dangerous?
Shaking a baby or young child can cause their brain to repeatedly hit the inside of the skull. This impact can trigger bruising in the brain, bleeding in the brain, and brain swelling. Other injuries may include broken bones as well as damage to the baby’s eyes, spine, and neck.
What are 3 immediate consequences of shaking a baby?
When a baby is shaken hard by the shoulders, arms, or legs, it can cause learning disabilities, behavior disorders, vision problems or blindness, hearing and speech issues, seizures, cerebral palsy, serious brain injury, and permanent disability.
Is it OK to shake baby to sleep?
Some babies may even stop breathing, which can cause further brain damage. The shaking can also cause bleeding into the back of the eyes.
What is purple crying?
The period of PURPLE Crying® is a term used by some experts and parents to describe colic or persistent crying. Coined by Ronald Barr, an expert on infant crying, it’s designed to reassure parents that colic is simply a phase that many babies go through.
How do I know if my baby has brain damage?
Physical symptoms can include a small head or skull, a large forehead, a malformed spine, stiffness in the neck, unusual or distorted facial features, and abnormal eye movement. Other early symptoms of brain damage can include seizures.
What causes a baby to shake?
Moving their arms and legs all around can be one of the signs that your baby is hungry. Crying, which can also create shaking, trembling, or stiffening of the body, is also a late sign of hunger. Low blood sugar can also cause shivering in babies.
Who is most likely to shake a baby?
Canadian research has shown that the babies who are shaken are most often male and under six months of age. The research also identified biological fathers, stepfathers and male partners of biological mothers as more likely to shake an infant. Female babysitters and biological mothers are also known to shake babies.