SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME
Shaken Baby Syndrome is the
medical term used to describe the violent
shaking and resulting injuries sustained from
shaking. Often, there are no obvious
outward signs of injury to a baby or young
child's body, but there is injury inside,
particularly in the head or behind the eyes.
Violent shaking is especially
dangerous to infants and young children because
their neck muscles are undeveloped and their
brain tissue is exceptionally fragile.
Their small size further adds to the risk of
injury. Vigorous shaking repeatedly pitches the
brain in different directions.
Specific questions on the subject
of shaken baby syndrome should be directed to
your physician or pediatrician.
For more information about Shaken
Baby Syndrome (SBS) go to
Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome
Injury Alliance of Connecticut
Child Abuse Connecticut
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