Shaken Baby Syndrome is caused by the violent shaking of a baby or young child, causing the head to flop back and forth. This whiplash motion can cause the brain to slam against the inside of the skull and tear blood vessels. Brain swelling and internal bleeding from injury causes brain tissue to tear.
Nerve pathways in the brain that are important for learning and normal development are being completed during this stage of a baby's life. SBS can cause severe damage to these pathways that will never be repaired.
The Shaken Baby Task Force works to increase public awareness of the dangers of shaken baby syndrome.MJE Family Resource Center Increases Awareness Of Shaken Baby Syndrome