LEARN THE SIGNS | SPEAK UP |  REPORT ABUSE

Other Techniques:

• Hold the baby against your chest and gently

  massage his/her back.
• Rock, walk, or dance with the baby.
• Be patient; take a deep breath and count to 
ten.
• Call a friend or relative that you can trust to 
take

  over for a while, then get away, get some rest, take care

  of yourself.


 HOW TO CALM A CRYING BABY?

• Check to see if your baby is hungry, is too hot

  or too cold, or needs a diaper change.
• Check to see if your baby is sick or has a  fever.
• Feed your baby slowly and burp often.
• Rock your baby.
• Give your baby a pacifier or let your baby

  breastfeed.
• Play soft music, sing or hum to your baby.
• Take your baby for a ride in a car or stroller.

 what should you do if you think  your baby has been shaken?

signs and symptoms of SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME

Extreme irritability
Baby is very stiff or like a rag doll
Lethargy
Seizures
Not eating or poor appetite
Dilated pupils
Feeding problems
Difficulty breathing
Vomiting
Semi-consciousness
Blood spots in eyes

  • Permanent brain damage     • Blindness        • Seizures
  • Cerebral palsy       • Paralysis      • Developmental disability

• Death (1 in 4 die)

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CHILD IS SHAKEN?

Most people who shake a baby in their care are not trying to hurt the child. They may become frustrated by nonstop crying, difficulty feeding a baby, or problems toilet training.

Shaken baby syndrome — also known as abusive head trauma, shaken impact syndrome, inflicted head injury or whiplash shake syndrome — is a serious brain injury resulting from forcefully shaking an infant or toddler. Shaken baby syndrome destroys a child's brain cells and prevents his or her brain from getting enough oxygen. Shaken baby syndrome is a form of child abuse that can result in permanent brain damage or death.

Outside stresses like money, work, or personal relationships can add to this frustration. Adults may get so upset that they lose control and shake the baby.

• Will this person become angry if my baby cries or

  bothers him or her?

• If this person is angry with me for leaving, will he

  or she treat my baby roughly?

• Does this person have a history of violence that

  makes him or her a danger to my baby?

• Has this person had children removed from his or

  her custody because he or she was unable to

  care for them?

• Does this person want to watch my baby?

• Will I have an opportunity to watch this person with

  my baby before I leave?

• Is this person good with babies?

• Has this person done a good job caring for other

  babies that I know?

• Will my baby be cared for in a place that is safe?

• Have I told this person that a baby should 

  never be shaken?

Tell anyone who cares for your baby to call you any time they become frustrated or have concerns.

Consider the following questions when choosing someone to watch your baby:

choose your baby's caregivers wisely

 

►  Learn what to do when your baby cries
  Never, ever shake a child.
  Make sure that everyone who cares for your

     child knows not to shake him or her.

how can I prevent these injuries?

Shaking can result in:

IT ONLY TAKES A FEW SECONDS OF SHAKING TO CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE

WHY DOES SBS HAPPEN?

 What is shaken baby syndrome (SBS)?

Remember – If you ever feel like shaking, slamming, hitting, throwing, or yelling at your baby, stop what you’re doing! Take a few deep breaths, gently place your baby in the crib, then STEP AWAY, RIGHT AWAY and calm down! Take a break and relax . Know that even a lot of crying is normal and that you and your baby will get through this tough time..

 Sit or lie down, close your eyes , and relax . Slowly count to ten. Do some deep breathing. Listen to music. Take a shower or soothing bath. Imagine doing something you really like to do. Call a friend or relative and talk about what’s going on. See If someone can come by for a while. Check the baby every 15 minutes or so, but only if you are calm.


Call 1.800.858.5222, the free, 24-hour National Hotline. Trained and caring staff are waiting to give you support and good advice. They know that taking care of a baby can be difficult, and that all parent s and caregivers need support from time to time.

 Never pick up your baby if you're feeling frustrated or angry FOR ANY REASON, (e.g. you’ve had an argument, your job is stressful, you’re upset over money problems). STEP AWAY, RIGHT AWAY, so you won’ t lose control


BEGINS AT ABOUT 2 WEEKS OF AGE AND CONTINUES UNTIL ABOUT 3-4 MONTHS OF AGE. THERE ARE OTHER COMMON CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS PHASE, OR PERIOD, WHICH ARE BETTTER DESCRIBED BY THE ACRONYM PURPLE. ALL BABIES GO THROUGH THIS PERIOD. IT IS DURING THIS TIME THAT SOME BABIES CAN CRY A LOT AND SOME FAR LESS, BUT THEY ALL GO THROUGH IT.

NEVER, EVER SHAKE A Baby!!

Shaken Baby Syndrome
Prevention Plus
1.800.858.5222

to report child abuse or maltreatment in the

state of Texas, call:

Texas Abuse Hotline at
1.800.252.5400

If you think your child has been shaken, call 911 or take your baby to the nearest emergency room IMMEDIATELY!! Getting medical attention right away could save your child's life!!

Be sure to tell the medical staff that you suspect your child was shaken. A doctor who is not aware that the child was shaken may treat the child's symptoms as an illness, not an injury. Injuries from SBS will only get worse without proper treatment and could lead to death.

It is important to understand that CRYING IS NORMAL! Crying is how babies communicate. They may be too hot or cold, want attention, be tired or hungry, or need a diaper change. If your baby is crying, CHECK ALL OF THESE THINGS FIRST.

The answers to these questions should be YES:


The answers to these questions should be NO:

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.

Sources:


National Center of Shaken Baby Syndrome

Mayo Clinic

Medical Art Library.

take a break - never shake a baby!

IF YOU BECOME FRUSTRATED, IT'S OK TO WALK AWAY.

LAY YOUR BABY ON HIS OR HER BACK IN A SAFE PLACE OR IN HIS/HER CRIB.

LEAVE THE ROOM, SIT DOWN AND TAKE A DEEP BREATH. CALM YOURSELF.

THEN GO BACK AND CHECK ON THE BABY.

National Information, Support, and Referral Service on
Shaken Baby Syndrome
1.888.273.0071

Sometimes babies will cry, no matter what you do. It doesn't’ t mean that you’re a bad parent, or not good at soothing your infant. It jus t means that sometimes, some babies just need to cry and that ’s normal . If the crying is getting to you and you’re beginning to feel upset by it

 TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

 Gently place your infant in the crib on his or her back. Go to another room, away f rom the crying. You know that it ’s okay to STEP AWAY, RIGHT AWAY and calm down. Remember, no infant has ever died from crying but babies do die from shaking and slamming injuries caused by angry parents and caregivers who didn't know it was okay to step away.