Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Prevalent Danger
- Twenty-five percent of all babies with SBS die—one in every four.
- Shaking a baby violently for even two to three seconds can cause bleeding in and around the baby’s brain and can destroy brain cells.
- SBS victims range in age from a few days to five years; the average age is six to eight months.
- An infant may spend two to three hours each day crying, and 20 to 30 percent of infants exceed that amount of time, sometimes substantially.
- Crying becomes particularly problematic during the six-week to four-month age bracket, an age period that coincides with peak incidence of SBS.
- Head trauma is the most frequent cause of permanent damage or death among abused infants and children, and shaking accounts for a significant number of those cases.
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