Although rare, the shaken baby syndrome needs to be known among parents and caregivers. It usually happens with babies up to two years old and only in extreme cases, when someone swings it strongly by the arms, in a forward and backward movement, without head support.
That’s not always meant to hurt. In cases of choking, for example, there is the possibility of acting instantly so that the baby breathes normally again.
The most frequent factor that can lead to shaken baby syndrome is when the baby cries inconsolably and the parents or caregivers end up shaking him or her without knowing the risks that the gesture represents.
But very calm! Shaken baby syndrome is not the same thing as picking up the little one on your lap and swinging lightly, rocking in your arms or the shaken ones that the stroller can do when walking through the streets.
Jokes are allowed, right? The important thing is to be aware that babies have a bigger head than the body and the neck musculature is not yet well developed, so all care is needed.
Are there any signs or symptoms in the shaken baby syndrome?
Yes! Some signs and symptoms of this condition are:
- Extreme irritability;
- Pale or blue skin;
- Respiratory problems;
- Difficulty staying awake;
- Decreased appetite;
- Pupils dilated;
- Blood spots in the eyes;
- Low muscle tone;
- Vomiting and anorexia;
In such cases, it is essential to seek medical help urgently.
And the consequences?
The sequelae of the shaken baby syndrome can be transitory or definitive, especially in neuropsychomotor development. It rarely produces physical injuries.
Children may have eye damage, deafness, delayed learning, mental impairment or frequent motion sickness.
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