Shaken baby syndrome symptoms and signs include: Extreme fussiness or irritability. Difficulty staying awake. Breathing problems.
Can shaken baby syndrome go unnoticed?
They can go undetected or be confused with those of other health problems, such as minor falls, regurgitations, crying spells, or irritability. Usually, Babies with SBS do not experience fever or diarrhea.
When do symptoms of shaken baby syndrome appear?
Symptoms vary and are caused by generalized brain swelling secondary to trauma. They may appear immediately after the shaking and usually reach a peak within 4-6 hours.
Can bouncing a baby cause shaken baby syndrome?
Playful interaction with an infant, such as bouncing the baby on the lap or tossing the baby up in the air, won’t cause the injuries associated with shaken baby syndrome. Instead, these injuries often happen when someone shakes the baby out of frustration or anger. You should never shake a baby under any circumstances.
What can mimic shaken baby syndrome?
These include copper disorders such as Menkes disease, metabolic disorders such as Glutaric Aciduria and other genetic disorders. Child abuse pediatricians frequently claim they have “ruled out” a genetic cause of the findings when no meaningful genetic workup has been performed.
Can a baby fully recover from shaken baby syndrome?
The majority of infants who survive severe shaking will have some form of neurological or mental disability, such as cerebral palsy or cognitive impairment, which may not be fully apparent before 6 years of age. Children with shaken baby syndrome may require lifelong medical care.
How do they test for shaken baby syndrome?
To confirm a diagnosis of shaken baby syndrome, a doctor will:
- Ask about the child’s medical history, including when changes in behavior began.
- Do a physical exam to look for signs of injury and increased blood pressure.
- Do imaging tests such as a CT scan or an MRI to look for bleeding or other injury in the brain.
Can shaken baby syndrome be diagnosed years later?
Some symptoms show up right away, but others may not appear until later. Some children may have attention and behavior problems later in life from being shaken when they were infants. Babies and children who are shaken face serious medical problems as they grow older, including: Brain damage.
Can you pat a baby back too hard?
Patting should be gentle and reassuring. If you start to feel angry or upset, don’t use this technique – you might pat your baby too hard or too fast. If nothing seems to be working, it’s best to walk away and take a moment to calm yourself.
What is the #1 reason a baby is shaken?
The number-one reason given for shaking a baby is, “I just wanted the crying to stop.” Shaking usually occurs when parents, babysitters or other caregivers become frustrated and lose control because of persistent crying.
Is it OK to bounce baby to sleep?
Minor motion—like the 5 S’s swinging (or, as I describe it the Jell-O head jiggle)—is perfectly safe. For many babies, jiggly motion is the key to calming (quick little movements, 1-2 inches back and forth, like a bobble head). The 5 S’s are so effective for soothing, they even help many colicky babies!
How do I know if my baby has brain damage?
Other early symptoms of brain damage can include seizures. An infant may also display certain behavioral symptoms of brain damage like excessive crying, unusual irritability or fussiness, difficulty sleeping or eating, and other signs of general discomfort that have no other explanation.
How long do you go to jail for shaken baby syndrome?
Normally a defendant will face a mandatory five year minimum jail sentence for these charges. When the baby dies, the charge is murder or manslaughter and these jail sentences can be much longer. 20 to 40 years for third degree murder.
Who are usually the perpetrators of shaken baby syndrome?
Personal issues such as financial stress or problems at work or in relationships can cause an adult to take his or her frustration out on a baby. Most known shaken baby perpetrators are male- either the baby’s father or the mother’s boyfriend/husband.
What is infant shudder syndrome?
Shuddering attacks are benign nonepileptic events that typically begin in infancy. The clinical events consist of rapid shivering of the head, shoulder, and occasionally the trunk. As in our patient, events have been reported as brief, usually lasting not more than a few seconds.