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Can an infant survive shaken baby syndrome?

Can an infant survive shaken baby syndrome?

Yes: Many fairly severe head injuries in children are recoverable. Current research suggests that the brain has remarkable ability to recover and is considered to be more and more "plastic" than we previously thought. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Could osteogenesis imperfecta look similar to shaken baby syndrome in a deceased infant?

Could osteogenesis imperfecta look similar to shaken baby syndrome in a deceased infant?

Location/type of fx: Oi has several sub forms and the type & location of their fx are often used to help classify their subgroup. That said, the type and pattern of intentional trauma is recognizable. Breaks that show symetrical shoulder fx from shaking of a child lifted by his upper arms/ circumferential skull fx, etc. I believe a sub-board of pediatrics recognises those with the added training to sort these out. ...Read more

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Can shaken baby syndrome cause behavioral/emotional problems?

Can shaken baby syndrome cause behavioral/emotional problems?

Absolutely: Depending on the severity, and if there is damage of the frontal lobe of the brain. Also, if there is still a pour child parent relationship, that can lead to behavioral and emotional problems. ...Read more

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What would make a person hurt their child and cause shaken baby syndrome?

Shaken Baby Syndrome: The can be many reasons why someone might behave in such a manner. Poor impulse control, substance abuse, and underlying mental health issues are near the top of my list. But even the effects of stress and being overwhelmed in an otherwise good parent can be a result. ...Read more

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Is it possible to shake the baby up while pregnant ? Like by exercising , having sex or dancing ? Does it cause shaken baby syndrome ?

Is it possible to shake the baby up while pregnant ? Like by exercising , having sex or dancing ? Does it cause shaken baby syndrome ?

No.: The baby is cushioned by amniotic fluid. Shaking serious enough to cause shaken baby in the fetus would necessarily do some serious damage to you first. Exercising, sex and dancing are all parts of normal pregnancy ...Read more

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My stepmom was rocking my 8 month old baby in her car seat kind of vigorously. Baby was laughing. It worries me.Could that cause shaken baby syndrome?

My stepmom was rocking my 8 month old baby in her car seat kind of vigorously.  Baby was laughing. It worries me.Could that cause shaken baby syndrome?

She should be fine: but you are right to be careful with a baby. It does not take too much to hurt a baby's brain but it would be obvious. Given that she was laughing and I assume she is fine now.....she will be OK. ...Read more

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If my baby fell out of bed on the floor and is now acting just fine couls this have caused shaken baby syndrome?

If my baby fell out of bed on the floor and is now acting  just fine couls this have caused shaken baby syndrome?

Shaken Baby: A fall off of the dressing table to the floor is not type of mechanism that causes "shaken baby syndrome". This is a violet and repetitive shaking that triggers an injury of the brain that happens over a period of time. ...Read more

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What kind of genetic liver disease can cause the same symptoms as shaken baby syndrome?

What kind of genetic liver disease can cause the same symptoms as shaken baby syndrome?

None: Shaken baby syndrome is intentional or unintentional child abuse, can easily differentiated from a disease process that cause bleeding , fractures etc. ...Read more

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What causes shaken baby syndrome ? Can activities such as dancing , having sex or exercising while pregnant cause this ? Can u shake a baby in womb?

What causes shaken baby syndrome ? Can activities such as dancing , having sex or exercising while pregnant cause this ? Can u shake a baby in womb?

No: Any sort of reasonable activity will not "shake" your baby; this obviously does not extend to extreme sports or to falls (falling.) Good wishes. ...Read more

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What causes shaken baby syndrome ? Can activities such as dancing , having sex or exercising while pregnant cause this ? Can u shake a baby in womb?

What causes shaken baby syndrome ? Can activities such as dancing , having sex or exercising while pregnant cause this ? Can u shake a baby in womb?

Physical contact: SBS generally occurs when a frustrated parent or caregiver holds a baby by the chest with both hands and shakes it in a fit of rage.This can result in broken blood vessels in the eyes and brain, brain hemorrhage, subtle bone fractures and more. The fluid of the womb cushions the fetus, SBS cannot happen in the womb. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more