Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken Baby Syndrome
The facts:
  • One in four violently shaken babies dies from this form of child maltreatment.
  • Newborns to children four months old are at greatest risk of severe injury or death from shaking and head trauma.
  • Inconsolable crying is the primary trigger for shaking a baby.
  • Severe injury or death from violent shaking is 100% preventable!


Tips for Parents or Child Care

What to do if you are feeling stressed by your crying baby:
  • Put the child down in a safe place (crib, Pack 'n' Play, etc). Walk away long enough to calm down.
  • The baby will be fine for a few minutes while you breathe, relax, and calm yourself.
  • Moms and dads need to understand the vulnerability of a baby and how delicate this tiny life is.
  • Use only responsible caregivers and babysitters for assistance.
  • Have another person to talk to (parent, grandparent, brother, sister, friend, or neighbor) when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
You can save a life or prevent serious injury to a child by sharing this video and spreading the word - please don't shake the baby!