Shaken Baby Syndrome is known by many names, such as Abusive Head Trauma. It is a condition that takes place only in infants and children up to four years of age. Infants aged around 6 to 8 weeks are the most vulnerable as they cry frequently, causing an aggressive or abusive caregiver to lose their temper. Directly striking a child on the head or its head against a hard surface, dropping the child, or vigorously shaking it can result in serious brain injury, including hemorrhage, and skull fractures. Symptoms include vomiting, strained breathing, seizures, blindness, hearing loss, developmental delays. If left untreated, the condition can be fatal. Treatment is based on the symptoms that are presented.
HOW IS SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
People with poor impulse control, aggressive tendencies or poor ability to handle stress are more likely to shake a baby, resulting in this syndrome.