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According to the National Center, shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is the leading cause of death in abusive head trauma (AHT) cases. An estimated 1,200 to 1,400 children are injured or killed by shaking every year in the United States. Actual numbers may be much higher as many likely go undetected. Over 300 babies a year die from being shaken in the United States.

Approximately 25 percent of all SBS/AHT victims die as a result of their injuries. Of those who survive 80 percent suffer permanent disability such as severe brain damage, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, behavioral disorders and impaired motor and cognitive skills. Many survivors require constant medical or personal attention, which places tremendous emotional and financial strain on families. Medical costs associated with initial and long-term care for these children can range from $300,000 to more than $1,000,000.

The NCSBS' prevention and awareness programs teach thousands of parents, students and caregivers throughout the world. Programs include the Period of PURPLE Crying program featuring a full color 11-page booklet and 10-minute DVD intended to be given to parents of new infants to take home in order to review and share with other caregivers.

  • Go to the Center's website for more information regarding Measuring the Incidence of Inflicted Childhood Neurotrauma, the Period of Purple Crying and programs for dads, schools and military families among other topics.