Shaken Baby Syndrome occurs when a baby or young child is shaken violently and sometimes repetitively (over and over), with or without the head hitting something. The effects can be very serious and can include lifelong injury or even death.
Shaken Baby Syndrome is a type of abusive head trauma, which can cause:
- Damage to a child’s brain.
- Permanent disabilities, like blindness or paralysis.
Children less than 1 year old are the most at risk because they cry more often, but older children can also be seriously injured if they are shaken violently. No child, at any age, should ever be shaken.