Shaken Baby Syndrome
Shaken baby syndrome
This is a situation that causes more than 1,000 infant deaths in the U.S. every year. It generally occurs in infants between 3 and 9 months. One of the most common reasons is that when the baby cries a lot the caregiver cannot take it anymore and shakes the baby.
Effects of the Syndrome
Infants don’t have a completely developed brain. When they are shaken, the brain can be harmed. Besides that, the muscles on their neck are very weak and their head could bounce because of the lack of support. It will move the brain back. If this movement is strong enough, they could rupture blood vessels or it could even cause bleeding in the brain. The exact results depend on the strength of the shake. But, 20% of the infants die in the first week after the birth. The ones who survive would have some problems in their skills.
Identification of the Syndrome:
Shaken baby syndrome
This will show up in babies as poor appetite and vomiting. Also, the baby will not have any eye movement. In some cases, eye bleeding and unconsciousness will occur. Also, in some situations, symptoms cannot be diagnosed easily until the child reaches school age.
Fifty-seven percent of babies who have shaken baby syndrome are male. Children who have poor families have a higher risk compared to other children. Also, men are more likely to injure their children than women.
Crying is a very normal reaction in babies. In order to handle this situation, never consider shaking as a solution. Search for other solutions. You can go to parenting classes to learn better ways of dealing with the frustration of a crying baby.
An MRI could be used to diagnose the syndrome. If there is any bleeding inside of the brain, the best solution is to have surgery.
In their first three months, infants spend most of their awake time crying. Six weeks after birth is when crying will peak. The incidence of shaken baby peaks between four and five weeks after that. There a lot of research at the National Institute of Health that is trying to find some solutions to reduce the incidence of shaken baby syndrome.