Shaken Baby Syndrome
Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is the collection of signs and symptoms resulting from the violent shaking of an infant or small child. It is a form of child abuse. In America every year an estimated 1,200 - 1,400 children are shaken for whom treatment is sought. Of these tiny victims, 25 -30% die as a result of their injuries. The rest will have lifelong complications. It is likely that many more babies suffer from the effects of SBS yet no one knows because SBS victims rarely have any external evidence of trauma.
The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) has a mission to prevent shaken baby syndrome through the development and implementation of education, programs, public policy and research; to establish networks, support and train families, caregivers and professionals.
The NCSBS website contains a wealth of information regarding SBS. Please visit their website by clicking on the blue link above.
"Never Shake a Baby. Ever." is a brochure that is published by the California State Department of Social Services, Office of Child Abuse Prevention. The brochure explains the dangers of shaking a baby, what to watch for, and what to do if you confirm one or more of the symptoms of SBS. To download and print a copy of this brochure, click on PUB 271. A Spanish version is also available at the Department's Spanish Translations webpage.