Considered a form of child abuse that can result in permanent or fatal brain damage, shaken baby syndrome—also known as abusive head trauma or shaken impact syndrome—is a severe brain injury caused by forcefully shaking an infant or toddler. This type of injury destroys a child’s brain cells and cuts off the circulation of oxygen into his or her brain.
Babies have fragile neck muscles and typically struggle to support their heavy heads. If a baby is forcefully shaken, his or her brain moves back and forth within the skull, causing swelling, bruising, and bleeding. This type of abuse often occurs when a parent or caregiver shakes an infant or toddler severely out of anger or frustration.
Survivors of shaken baby syndrome may require lifelong medical care for conditions including:
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