SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME
|Why do babies cry?
- Some babies cry when they want company
- Some babies have colic. These babies cry for a long time. Colicky babies often pull their legs up to their chest over and over. They do soon grow out of it.
|Never, Never Shake a Baby!
Shaking can cause brain damage, hearing loss, learning problems, seizures, cerebral palsy and death. Have a plan.
Never hold or pick up a baby or toddler when you feel angry.
Tell anyone who cares for your baby to never shake them for any reason.
- Check the baby's diaper.
- Check to see if the baby is hungry or thirsty.
- Talk to the baby calmly.
- Lay the baby across your lap on their tummy. Gently rub their back.
- Gently hug and cuddle the baby. Sing to the baby or play gentle music.
- Take the baby for a walk.
- Give the baby a soothing bath.
- Gently place the baby in the crib and leave the room for a few minutes.
- Take some deep breaths; you're doing the best you can.
- Take the baby for a ride in the car. Be sure to buckle in their car seat.
- Call someone you know for help. Ask them to watch the baby so you can take a break.
For more information, contact the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome.