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Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is a form of abusive head trauma. It is a preventable and severe form of physical child abuse.
SBS results from violently shaking an infant by the shoulders, arms or legs. The whiplash effect can cause bleeding within the brain or the eyes. Research shows that shaking most often results from crying or other factors that trigger the person caring for the baby to become frustrated or angry.
If you feel as if you might lose control when caring for your baby:
Remind anyone caring for your baby that if the baby gets fussy and they are frustrated, to call you right away. It's okay for them to put the baby in a safe place until someone can come.
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