SHAKEN baby syndrome is a severe form of child abuse that can be extremely fatal for infants.
One in six recorded infant deaths is now being recorded as a result of shaking – with one case a week in the UK.
What is tremor baby syndrome?
Child have weak neck muscles and often struggle to support their heavy head. If the baby is shaken vigorously, the baby’s fragile brain will move back and forth inside the skull.
This causes bruising, swelling, and bleeding, and can be fatal.
It is not usually caused by simple everyday movements such as hitting a child on the knee, falling lightly, or even rough play.
Dr Harvey Karp, CEO of Happhest Baby inc, explains: “Vibration syndrome is arguably the deadliest form of child abuse.
“It usually happens before 12 months of age when parents finally lose patience because they can’t calm crying babies and grab the child by the shoulder and shake the child’s body quickly out of frustration.
“The baby’s heavy head can be hit against the surface or bounced back and forth on the baby’s thin neck, causing the soft inner part of the brain to hit the hard inner part of the skull, causing brain swelling and tearing of tiny veins. cause life-threatening bleeding.
“Clearly, serious cases are the tip of the iceberg.
“Many children can have minimal brain damage that goes undiagnosed but can go on to cause neurological problems like distraction and learning problems.”
John McMullan, consultant pediatric neurosurgeon at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, told the BBC that shaking a baby causes brain injuries similar to those in boxing.
But he said: “In boxing, the rate of hits to the head is relatively infrequent, and so the damage has taken place, typically every year.
“While with a shaken infant, the damage happens in seconds.”
What are the symptoms and signs of baby tremor syndrome?
According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms and signs of shaking baby syndrome include:
- Extremely fussy or irritable
- Hard to stay awake
- Breathing problems
- Eating poorly
- Pale or bluish skin
It’s important to always be gentle with your child, so if you’re having trouble managing your emotions or are stressed out as a parent, you should talk to your doctor.
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