Every year around 80 infants come to first aid where a serious brain injury is detected. This injury is caused by it seriously shaking the baby. About 3 to 4 children die each year. Many parents do not realize how dangerous shaking or hard laying of the baby can be. Read here what the consequences are of shaking baby syndrome and what you can do to prevent this. Also watch the video at the bottom of this blog.
What is shaking baby syndrome?
Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is a term that is used when a child is injured because he or she is shaken or hard. This syndrome is most common in children younger than 1 year of age. Although it was probably not the intention of the parent to shake the child so hard, it often happens. And maybe more often than we know at the moment.
Since it is not only about shaking, but also a trauma can arise, nowadays the term 'more and more'Abusive Head Trauma"used.
Where does shaken baby syndrome come through?
At first shaken baby syndrome does not come through amusement parks. Just like the shaken baby syndrome does not come through play. You can play fine horse hop with your baby without any unpleasant consequences.
It can be very confronting, but most cases of this syndrome are caused by parents or other people shaking the child too hard. About 1 in 20 parents are guilty of this.
Causes for this behavior is that the baby does not stop crying. Through frustration and powerlessness, parents or others lose their self-control.
Another cause is that parents shake their baby in panic because, for example, the baby stops breathing. Make sure that you never do this and always try to keep the control.
Know what happens when you shake your child
Shaken baby syndrome or SBS can be caused if you shake your baby for a few seconds. During shaking, the head of your baby is tossed back and forth. Your baby still has insufficiently developed neck muscles and can therefore not cope with these blows. The result is brain damage, damage to the nerves and the occurrence of bleeding in the eyes. Also bruises and bruised or broken arms and ribs are a sign of shaken baby syndrome.
Look here what happens to the baby's head by shaking baby
Consequences of shaken baby syndrome
Shaking those 20 seconds has lasting and disastrous consequences. Think of:
- Cerebral haemorrhages
- Physical or mental disability
- Behavioral problems or learning problems
- Developmental backlog
- Deafness or worse hearing
- Death (annually a few babies).
Tips to prevent the baby from crying for a long time
Prevent your baby from crying for a long time by following the following tips:
- Fixed rhythm
- Put your baby tired but awake in bed
- Sleep ritual (fixed sequence of events before sleep)
- Avoid too many stimuli: babies can get restless from too many stimuli such as the TV or during trips. Watch this and try to slow down.
- Provide a quiet bedroom (dark, good temperature, no TV / computer).
- Make the bed tight.
Dealing with your frustration
Of course you never want to do your child anything, but sometimes frustration or powerlessness can take control. Make sure this does not happen so that you do not get involved in shaking baby syndrome.
- Never approach your baby in anger, but first try to calm yourself down.
- Dare to ask for help
- Always realize that the crying passes.
On shakenbabysyndroom.nl you can find more useful information about the syndrome. Always ask for information from your midwife so that you know how serious this is.
Shaking baby Syndrome video
Watch the video below "Do not shake, break".
Mothers and fathers talk about their feeling of powerlessness as their baby continues to cry. For when you are distraught and almost lose control of yourself. You're not the only one. Watch this video.