Shaken baby syndrome

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Shaken baby syndrome

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

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