Baby Syndrome" is the result of when a young childs
head is whiplashed back and forth while being shaken. If
a baby is shaken, they can be injured very easily. Their
neck muscles are not strong enough to control head movements.
Rapid head movement can cause the brain to be bruised from
being banged against the skull wall. Bleeding behind the
eyes and in and around the brain can also cause serious
injury. Approximately 20% of cases are fatal. Signs and
symptoms range on a spectrum of neurological alterations
from minor (irritability, lethargy, tremors, vomiting) to
major (seizures, partial or total blindness, paralysis,
mental retardation, coma, stupor, death.) In constant and
less violent shaking, a young child can have lifelong effects
such as learning disorders, behavioral changes, and attention
deficits.People usually shake children because they are
constantly crying or they may have colic. Parents and childcare
givers often get frustrated and angry and before you know
it, they lose control. Other reasons why people shake babies
are over: eating problems, toilet training, the child making
noise, or their interruption of watching TV. Not knowing
that baby shaking is harmful and dangerous is another factor.
To Do When Your Baby Cries
than shaking your baby, try these calming tips:
Feed your baby slowly and burp him/her often.
Give you baby a pacifier.
Check your baby's diaper to see if it needs changing.
Hold your baby against your chest and walk or rock
Sing to your baby or play soft music.
Take your baby for a ride in a stroller or car.
patient. If you dont know how, learn. It will help
your baby and
it will help you!
No matter how impatient or angry you feel, DO NOT SHAKE
you find youre at the end of your rope, wrap your
baby snugly in a soft blanket. Put him/her in a safe, quiet,
dark room, and close the door and take a break. If you can
call someone you trust to take care of your baby, call them.
When they arrive, go out and take a walk
do anything that will calm you down!
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