Spotlight for Parents: What is Shaken Baby Syndrome? @kidshealth @helpguideorg

I had one child who rarely cried, and another that cried all the time. There is something about lack of sleep, fluctuating hormones, and the sound of high-pitched crying that in that moment, you are unsure if it will ever end.  But it will. Here are a few things parents need to know about shaken baby syndrome.

First off, as a nurse I can tell you one thing—baby’s have big, heavy heads and weak neck muscles. That’s why you should always support your baby’s neck so that it’s head doesn’t just flop around.

Shaking a baby makes your baby’s fragile (and still developing) brain bounce around inside of it’s skull. This causes bruising, swelling, and bleeding, which can cause severe brain damage and even death.

If you have a baby that needs a lot of special attention or a baby that cries a lot:

  • Learn ways to soothe your baby (a great guide from HelpGuide.org)
  • Find support people that you can reach out to if you think it’s becoming too much.
  • Be careful who you leave your baby with. No one thinks their partner or family member will hurt a baby. Talk to whoever you leave your baby with (even if it’s just for a few minutes) about shaken baby syndrome.
  • If your baby cries all the time, talk to your pediatrician to make sure your baby doesn’t have an underlying issue.
  • If you ever feel like hurting yourself or your baby, immediately go to the emergency room. That is an emergent situation.

If you know someone that has a baby that requires special attention or has a baby that cries a lot:

  • Talk to her and her family about shaken baby syndrome.
  • Offer to help her with her other kids.
  • Tell her to call you if she needs you to watch her baby for a bit.
  • Encourage her family to be supportive.
  • Watch her baby while she goes to do something—anything—else.
  • Tell her to walk the baby outside.

Learn more at KidsHealth.org.

 

Until my next delivery ❤


One thought on “Spotlight for Parents: What is Shaken Baby Syndrome? @kidshealth @helpguideorg

  • April 7, 2016 at 7:44 pm
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    Also, It’s ok to put the baby down in a safe place and walk away. Give yourself time to cool down and recollect. The baby will be ok!

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