Shaken baby syndrome


Shaken baby syndrome usually occurs when a parent or caregiver severely shakes a child in frustration or anger, often because the child won't stop crying. Permanent brain damage or death may result.


Symptoms include irritability, difficulty staying awake, seizures, abnormal breathing, poor eating, bruises, and vomiting.


Treatment may include breathing support and surgery to stop bleeding in the brain.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017

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