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Shaken baby syndrome is a type of inflicted traumatic brain injury that happens when a baby is violently shaken. A baby has weak neck muscles and a large, heavy head. Shaking makes the fragile brain bounce back and forth inside the skull and causes bruising, swelling, and bleeding, which can lead to permanent, severe brain damage or death. The characteristic injuries of shaken baby syndrome are subdural hemorrhages (bleeding in the brain), retinal hemorrhages (bleeding in the retina), damage to the spinal cord and neck, and fractures of the ribs and bones. These injuries may not be immediately noticeable. Symptoms of shaken baby syndrome include extreme irritability, lethargy, poor feeding, breathing problems, convulsions, vomiting, and pale or bluish skin. Shaken baby injuries usually occur in children younger than 2 years old, but may be seen in children up to the age of 5.
Study looks at shaken baby syndrome

Study looks at shaken baby syndrome

Certain chemicals in the blood may indicate brain injury

Certain chemicals in the blood may indicate brain injury

Unrelated adults, usually a male boyfriend, dramatically increase the risk of inflicted injury

Unrelated adults, usually a male boyfriend, dramatically increase the risk of inflicted injury

Appeal court in UK overturns "shaken baby" convictions

Appeal court in UK overturns "shaken baby" convictions

Shaken Baby Syndrome research

Shaken Baby Syndrome research

Low-cost, hospital-based parent education program can reduce the incidence of shaken baby syndrome

Low-cost, hospital-based parent education program can reduce the incidence of shaken baby syndrome

Measure will increase parental awareness and help prevent shaken baby syndrome

Measure will increase parental awareness and help prevent shaken baby syndrome

Research program may provide parents the tools they need to prevent shaken baby syndrome

Research program may provide parents the tools they need to prevent shaken baby syndrome