Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)

Shaken Baby Syndrome Summary
Shaken baby syndrome is a form of child abuse in which violent shaking of an infant causes the brain to move inside the skull, causing bruising of the brain and tearing of blood vessels. The shaking results in bleeding around the brain, bleeding in the eyes, spinal cord and neck injuries, bruises, and rib fractures. Infants who survive may suffer brain damage and blindness.
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Shaken baby syndrome facts

  • Shaken baby syndrome is a form of child abuse.
  • Infants with shaken baby syndrome have life-threatening injuries.
  • Many affected infants develop permanent brain damage and blindness as a result of the abuse.
  • About 25% of infants die from injuries due to shaken baby syndrome.
  • Shaken baby syndrome is almost never seen as a result of accidental trauma.
  • Always report suspected child abuse.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/15/2014

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