Never, Ever Shake a Baby: Pass It On
At that moment, the sun stopped shining and our happy, carefree world came crumbling down. We were told our healthy 4½-month-old baby boy was in critical condition and could die. Our son, Jeremy, had just learned to smile about a week before, and now his smile was gone.
I remember two doctors addressing me and my family in a small room. Their faces were without expression. They announced that my son was the victim of shaken baby syndrome (SBS) and might die. I immediately looked at my mother, a retired nurse, for some explanation. My mom began to sob; the pain in her face is still etched in my mind. I now knew how bad it was, but I still had never heard of SBS.
KeywordsTraumatic Brain Injury Executive Functioning Retinal Hemorrhage Early Brain Injury Subdural Hemorrhage
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Resources for Clinicians
Resources for Families
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders Shaken Baby Syndrome. www.ninds.nih.gov/disor-ders/shakenbaby/shakenbaby.htm
- National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, www.dontshake.com
- Shaken Baby Association, Inc.,www.shakenbaby.net