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Babies are delicate beings that need extra parental care at their infancy. Parents and

caregivers ought to be equipped with all the necessary information regarding a healthy care for

their newborn. Notably, in addition to the infant routine care, caregivers and parents should

know about the potential risks that children are prone to in the course of their development. For

instance, Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is one of the most devastating conditions that can occur

during infancy without proper baby care. Specifically, all caregivers and parents should be aware

of the contributing factors, and the preventive mechanism of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Shaken Baby Syndrome is defined as a collection of symptoms and signs resulting from

the violent shaking of a baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends identifying the

SBS as Abusive Head Trauma (AHT). The initial occurrence of the condition after a non-

accidental Abusive Head Trauma may not be realized immediately since there are few external

head injuries. However, the baby may present with poor feeding habits in conjunction with

arousal difficulties or a history of lethargy. The triad of symptoms, in addition to earlier signs,

includes associated fracture, subdural hemorrhage, and retinal hemorrhages. The victims of AHT

are usually younger than two years old, with the majority having less than six months.

Many scholars have presented various case reports, but little research regarding

subsequent diagnosis and AHT precipitating factors has been done. Many forms of non-

accidental trauma result to costly and devastating injuries to children of all ages. Infants are

particularly susceptible to non-accidental trauma since their ages make it impossible for them to

report injuries. As such, a commitment by medical personnel including nurses and doctors to

enhance awareness may reduce the occurrence of the traumatic injuries. Similarly, parents and

caregivers should be equally committed to being sensitized to improve infants’ health outcome.

Before the 1960s, child abuse was not considered as a medical issue. During that time,

child abuse was a concern reserved for child protective services and social workers.

Concurrently, approximated 1,200-1,400 children who are taken to the United States’ health

facilities for treatment are identified to be victims of non-accidental trauma which contribute to

SBS. In particular, 20 to30 percent of those infants whose injuries results from being shaken

eventually die from those injuries. As a result of the absence of external trauma and the inability

of babies to report injuries, many infants suffer from Shaken Baby Syndrome and the associated

Initial injury resulting to Abusive Head Trauma develops from a mechanism that occurs

as the baby’s brain is rotated in its skull. The brain rotation is a result of deceleration and

acceleration forces. As the shaking movement is stopped, the baby’s brain continues to rotate. As

a result, the baby’s veins are stretched and ruptured leading to subdural hemorrhage on the

brain’s surface. Scholars such as Wolfson among others have conducted studies that replicate the

brain movement to establish how the damage occurs. Although their studies revealed that neck

stiffening affected head movement and eventually resulted in injury, the studies also emphasized

that injuries similar to concussions required intense direct impact.

A common type of intracranial injury that occurs in conjunction with AHT/SBS is the

subdural hematoma. Particularly, the clots and the hemorrhages from the injury are the cause of

death of the babies who have been subjected to head trauma. The bleeding occurs due to

compression of the baby’s thorax while grasping/shaking the baby. The manifestation of the

symptoms of the resultant injury may not be witnessed for 24-48 hours. However, subarachnoid

hemorrhage developing from arterial bleeding can be fatal within hours of abuse.

Although some of the presenting symptoms of a baby suffering from AHT/SBS including

seizures, bradycardia, and full fontanel may be difficult to diagnose, caregivers should extra

careful while examining their infants for suspected signs of trauma. For instance, looking for

bruises and measuring the baby’s head circumference include some of the thorough examination

measures that caregivers should give to their infants. Besides, suspecting caregivers can take

their kids for computerized tomography and skull radiography for suspected head injuries. Infants

who are at dire risk of being affected by SBS/AHT are those who have histories of prematurity,

those who are medically fragile and those with special needs. Specifically parents and caregivers

ought to be cautious while parenting their growing newborns to avoid complications such as

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