Sumter Safety Group Teaches Local Parents About Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Dangers with Shaken Baby Syndrome
Shaken Baby Syndrome is a form of traumatic brain injury in very young children caused by forcibly shaking the infant or toddler, which can rattle the brain in the skull and bruise parts of the brain and meninges, and destroy brain cells. This form of child abuse is most often perpetrated by frustrated caregivers, especially parents.
Safe Kids Sumter County now has a new tool to help educate parents about the exact dangers of shaken baby syndrome, especially the severity of the head trauma. The group obtained a RealCare Shaken Baby Simulator is a doll with LEDs that light up to illustrate the specific areas of the child’s brain that suffer damage, in real time, when the doll is shaken. Safe Kids hopes that, when parents see exactly how harmful it can be to shake their children, they will take steps to ensure they prevent concussions or head trauma in their babies.
“I’m hoping that it provides a visual for families to see the impact,” said Heidi Aakjer, the state manager for Safe Kids. “It’s just another tool to assist in educating families about the seriousness of shaking babies and how it’s easily prevented.”
A list from the Centers for Disease Control said that inconsolable crying is often a trigger of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Frustrated and scared parents or caregivers have a kneejerk violent reaction when they cannot solve their child’s crying.
“If you’ve ever been around a baby who won’t stop crying, you likely know that there is potential to get frustrated,” reads the report. “The key here is that crying is normal and is not the problem. The problem is how caregivers respond to a baby’s cry.”
“The bottom line is that vigorously shaking a baby can be fatal or result in a permanent disability,” the report continues, adding that shaken baby syndrome is the leading cause of child abuse deaths in the United States.
“Babies cry, and sometimes people do not know how to handle that,” said Cheryl Jackson, a licensed practical nurse at Tuomey Healthcare System and the coordinator for Safe Kids Sumter County. “That can be where the shaking comes from. We want to keep babies alive and safe in Sumter County.”
Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury Tied to Shaken Baby Syndrome
Young children and individuals over 75 years of age are also more susceptible to head injury, largely due to falls around the home. Violent shaking of an infant or toddler is another significant cause for traumatic brain injuries in children. The leading causes of TBI among adolescents and adults are automobile and motorcycle accidents, though injuries that occur during violent crimes are also a major source.
Symptoms of concussion or traumatic brain injury after a baby is shaken include: bruising, swelling, and bleeding. These injuries can lead to permanent, severe brain damage, or death. Injuries – including bleeding in the brain and retina, damage to the spinal cord and neck, and fractures of the ribs and bones – may not be immediately noticeable. Symptoms of shaken baby syndrome include extreme irritability, lethargy, poor feeding, breathing problems, convulsions, vomiting, and pale or bluish skin.
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