Shaken baby syndrome

Shaken Baby Syndrome is a set of head injuries inflicted on a child by shaking. It is a problem of abuse.

It is classically a parent, the father, the mother, the father-in-law, the nanny, responsible for guarding the baby who, exhausted, by his tears, loses patience, shakes him very violently or slaps him ... to the point of cause severe brain injury, with severe lesions that can lead to death of the baby or mostly irreversible damage and the installation of serious neurological sequelae thereafter.

At least 200 shaken baby syndromes would occur each year in France. This figure seems strongly underestimated because the diagnosis can be difficult, the evocative signs are still poorly known and the abuse is not always considered.

Shaken baby syndrome is seen in infants under 6 months of age and more readily in small boys.

A little baby has a big head resting on a weakly muscled neck. It must always be retained when the very young baby is in a vertical position, in the arms of an adult for example. We can easily understand the impact of a slap or an energetic shake, and the damage that the brain can undergo. Only once is enough!

The lesions resulting from the shaken baby syndrome are mostly irreversible and the baby may be handicapped all his life.

A baby is fragile. He only has tears to express a need or suffering. Adults must be patient, control themselves, whatever the situation. They have no excuse to use violence against a baby.

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Authors: Dr. MC Bonduelle and Dr. Ada Picard.

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