It is important to understand, NO ONE PLANS TO DO IT; it just happens. But shaking a baby, even for a second, can cause serious injury or even death.
Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma is a serious type of brain injury that can occur when an infant or toddler is violently shaken, usually in response to crying that will not stop. Babies’ neck muscles aren’t strong and don’t provide much support for their large heads. Visit www.preventshakenbaby.org for more information.
Shaking a baby—or any other type of violent behavior—is a serious form of child abuse with serious consequences for the adult, too.
CryingBabyPlan.org is sponsored by several Idaho-based non-profit groups with the goal of eliminating Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma.
The project described was supported by Grant Number H25MC00245 from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Health Resources and Services Administration or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.