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  • Shaken Baby Syndrome
  • Babies cry because it’s their way of communicating!
    As nurses we play a major role in educating parents about Shaken Baby Syndrome and how to prevent it.
  • Shaken Baby syndrome occurs when:
    A baby is shaken causing the head to snap back and forth
    A baby’s head is bigger in proportion to the rest of the body
    When shaken the baby’s brain will hit the front and back of the skull causing serious damage
  • A little education can prevent something like this….
    Injuries that can result include blindness, mental retardation, seizures,
    cerebral palsy, hearing loss, paralysis, broken bones,
    speech or learning disabilities
    and even death
  • Interventions:
    Hold the baby
    Feed and burp the baby
    Change the diaper
    Go for a car or stroller ride
    Try a baby swing
    **Sometimes a baby is trying to communicate that they are sick
  • If your interventions don’t work it is ok to do the following:
    Take deep cleansing breaths
    Lay the baby down in the crib
    Leave the room
    Read
    Exercise
    Call for help
    Return to the infant in 5 to 10 minutes
    If all else fails call your health care provider
  • Shaking a baby can occur in a split second loss of control!
    A maternal child nurse can help to reduce the incidence of Shaken Baby Syndrome by being knowledgeable of the causes and preventative measures. Take the time to educate patients!
  • Reference
    PA Department of Health. (2007). My baby keeps crying…I just want the crying to stop [Brochure]. Rendell, E.G: Author.