The SBS Prevention Center for Parents and Caregivers
About the Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Center
- For Parents and Caregivers
The injury or death of a child is always a tragedy. However, cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome/ Abusive Head Trauma (SBS/AHT) are made all the more tragic because they are preventable. In fact, the core of the
A common reaction when a story of child abuse appears in the news is to say that the abuser was “clearly evil” or “disturbed” or “deserves punishment”; however, by demonizing the abuser it becomes dangerously easy to miss an important point – the fact that that abuser could easily have been us, or perhaps our baby’s mother/father, grandparent, babysitter or our boy/girlfriend. In cases of SBS/AHT the most frequently cited trigger for shaking is infant crying, or more precisely, the caregiver’s inability to either stop the crying or cope with the stress of inconsolable crying. Often the abusers in these cases are otherwise loving individuals who became frustrated beyond endurance, felt they had no-one to turn to and were ignorant – both of how to cope and of the dangers of SBS/AHT.
Seeing this link between frustrated caregivers and the incidence of SBS/AHT the
Here you can learn about SBS/AHT, the facts about infant crying, how to soothe your baby when he/she is fussy or crying, how to keep your baby safe and how to take care of yourself. We also strongly encourage you to give this information to your baby’s other parent, grandparents and any other caregivers as well as any other new parents you know.