Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

Let us know how we are doing! Call our Customer Service Feedback Line at 314-615-SERV (7378) and leave us a message!

 

Contact your Health Department

Follow your Health Department on Facebook or Twitter

Baby Shaken Baby Syndrome

 


Shaken Baby Syndrome is a term used to describe the group of signs and symptoms that can result from the violent shaking or the shaking and impacting of the head of an infant or small child. It can be a very serious condition that can even lead to the death of a child. The consequences of less severe cases may not be brought to the attention of medical professionals and may never even be diagnosed. In the most severe cases, which usually result in death or severe neurological consequences, the child usually becomes immediately unconscious and suffers rapidly escalating, life-threatening central nervous system dysfunction.


Symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome include:

Square

Lethargy/Decreased Muscle Tone

Square

Extreme Irritability

Square

Decreased Appetite, Poor Feeding, or Vomiting for No Apparent Reason

Square

Lack of Smiling or Vocalization

Square

Poor Sucking or Swallowing

Square

Difficulty Breathing

Square

Seizures

Square

Head or Forehead Appears Larger than Usual

Square

Soft-Spot on Head Appears to Be Bulging

Square

Inability to Lift Head

Square

Inability of Eyes to Focus or Track Movement

Square

Unequal Size of Pupils

Square

Grab-type Bruises on Arms or Chest (Rare)


It is important for everyone who has a child in his or her care – and those that know someone who does – to be familiar with the causes, symptoms, and possibly tragic outcomes associated with Shaken Baby Syndrome.


The Saint Louis County Department of Health offers classes to educate parents, family members, professional daycare providers, and other caregivers about the dangers of Shaken Baby Syndrome. To learn more about attending a class, please call (314) 615-6875.


For more information about Shaken Baby Syndrome, please visit the following sites:

Square

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

Square

Children’s Trust Fund of Missouri