Thursday, August 25, 2022

Shaken Baby Syndrome: How Shaking Your Baby Can Cause Serious Brain Injury

Sometimes, our baby is shaken inevitably. This often happens at playtime, and we assume that it has no effect. But did you know that violently shaking your baby can be harmful to his health?

Many experts warned against shaking your baby due to the so-called shaken baby syndrome. This is a serious brain injury that results from a concussion of the baby's brain.

When a baby is shaken violently, his brain may clash inside his skull. This will cause inflammation or in the worst-case scenario, bleeding. This is especially dangerous for 2-year-old below because their neck muscles are still soft.

Even five seconds of violently shaking your baby's head can result in Shaken Baby Syndrome! But it is most often seen in children who are being bullied or abused, resulting in serious trauma.

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What are the symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome?

1. After being shaken, baby suddenly becomes sleepy
2. Body shaking
3. Vomiting
4. Seizures
5. Difficulty breathing

If your child experiences these symptoms after he or she is shaken violently, it is best to consult your doctor immediately.

NOTE: Even if the violent shaking only lasted for a minute, your baby may experience permanent brain damage, hearing loss, vision loss, and intellectual disabilities.

READ ALSO: SIDS: How to Protect Your Baby From This Silent Killer

Tips to avoid Shaken Baby Syndrome:

1. Make sure the baby is safe, especially if he or she is only 6-8 weeks old. Whenever possible, do not let a child look after your baby.

2. If your baby is crying non-stop and you think your patience is running out, don't hesitate to ask others for help. Most babies who had shaken baby syndrome were shaken by their frustrated and sleep-deprived parents.

3. Avoid bumping the baby repeatedly. Observe his actions especially when he is moving and playing.

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SOURCES: Mayo Clinic  |  Kids' Health