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Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome

May 28, 2012

You may not be able to calm your baby. At times you may get upset with your baby. You may feel:

  • Angry
  • Tense
  • Frustrated
  • Worried
  • Sad


But, It's NEVER OK to Shake a baby.


Babies have weak neck muscles and heavy heads. Their brains are growing and they have thin skulls. Shaking them can cause:

  • Blindness
  • Hearing Loss
  • Internal bleeding
  • Paralysis
  • Long-term brain damage
  • Death


Children under age 2 are most at risk. Babies who suffer injuries from shaking are referred to as having "Shaken Baby Syndrome."


Things You Can Do to Help Calm Your Baby

  • Hold child close to you. Walk around or slowly rock.
  • Take the baby for a ride in the car. Make sure the baby is secured in a safety seat.
  • If you breastfeed your baby, avoid caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco.
  • Lower noise and lights."Keep your Cool"
  • Count to 10-or 100. Take slow, deep breaths.
  • Lay your baby down on his back or side in a safe place. Take a break from your baby. It's okay if the child cries while you calm down.
  • Talk to another adult. Ask for help. Tell him/her about your feelings. Call your doctor.

Never yell at, hit or shake your baby!"

Reduce the Stress in Your Life

  • Do something you enjoy everyday.
  • Talk to someone you trust about your feelings.
  • Take a parenting class.
  • Make friends with other parents.

If you ever feel like hurting your baby...,



Call a friend.

Call the National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD or 1-800-422-4453.


Your baby WILL outgrow the crying. But, shaking him or her can result in long-term brain damage or death.