March 8, 2002, Newsletter Issue #29: Shaken Baby Syndrome

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Shaken Baby Syndrome occurs most frequently in infants younger than six months old, yet can occur up to the age of three. Often, there are no obvious outward signs of inside injury, particularly in the head or behind the eyes. In reality, shaking a baby, if only for a few seconds, can injure the baby for life. These injuries can include brain swelling and damage; cerebral palsy; mental retardation; developmental delays; blindness; hearing loss; paralysis and death. When a child is shaken in anger and frustration, the force is multiplied five or 10 times more than it would be if the child had simply tripped and fallen.

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