What the Brain Suffers in Shaken Baby Syndrome

Matthew L. White
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12/6/2012
Matthew L. White
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“Shaken baby syndrome,” or SBS, doesn’t sound as horrible as it is. The caregivers who are guilty of SBS aren’t, in general, horrible either. What gets into them, Kentucky?

What Is Shaken Baby Syndrome?

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), SBS is child abuse. It occurs when someone violently shakes a baby or young child. When shaken, the baby’s brain bumps back and forth against the skull, resulting in bruising (cerebral contusion), swelling, pressure, and bleeding in the brain. It can ultimately lead to permanent brain damage or death. 

Other injuries to the child may include broken ribs and damage to the neck, spine, and eyes.

Why Does SBS Happen?

Even a normally patient, loving person can reach a point of exhaustion and frustration, at which he or she behaves irrationally. Consider the mother who has a baby with colic. Over the last week, she has averaged about three hours of sleep each night because the baby cries and cries. She’s been there rocking, cuddling, and maybe singing lullabies, trying to comfort her distressed infant. She is absolutely whipped.

Could you see this frazzled mother reaching the end of her rope and—just for a few seconds—shaking her child? Not so hard to understand, is it? I’m not saying it’s excusable, but it is understandable.

If your child has a brain injury that a doctor did not diagnose or treat, contact the Louisville medical malpractice attorneys at Gray and White Law. Call us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 to set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation.



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