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Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken Baby Syndrome is a Preventable Public Health Problem

Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), a form of abusive head trauma (AHT) and inflicted traumatic brain injury (ITBI), it is a preventable and severe form of physical child abuse. It results from violently shaking an infant by the shoulders, arms, or legs. SBS may result from both shaking alone or from impact (with or without shaking). The resulting whiplash effect can cause bleeding within the brain or the eyes.

Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is often seen as a crime, but it is also a preventable public health problem. State and local health departments and community-based organizations have ties to broader resources and programs that work with parents and care providers and strong connections in communities. Many organizations can help us take a leading role in reframing the issue and engaging all members of a community to take part in the prevention of this form of abuse and death. 


Forever Shaken

"Forever Shaken" video is a 30-minute documentary featuring the lives of four Nebraska children who are victims of Shaken Baby Syndrome and their families. The viewer will gain an understanding of the trials of the family members helping their child recover from the devastating effects of SBS. Experts will discuss the signs and symptoms of Abusive Head Trauma on children, factors that put them at risk, factors increasing parents and caregiver’s risk of harming a child, the cost of SBS on society, and resources available for parents and caregivers.


For More Information

For more information on Shaken Baby Syndrome, visit the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome's website. 

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