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How long does retinal hemorrhage associated with shaken baby syndrome last?

How long does retinal hemorrhage associated with shaken baby syndrome last?

Retinal hemmorhage t: There is no easy answer. Much depends on other parts of the eye in terms of unseen hidden damage in layers that delay absorption. ...Read more

Dr. Bradford Patt
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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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Can a baby recover from shaking baby syndrome?

Can a baby recover from shaking baby syndrome?

Depends: This causes brain hemorrhage and recovery obviously depends on how severe that is. Of course, it should not happen in the first place because it is a form of child abuse. ...Read more

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Could a baby recover shaking baby syndrome?

Could a baby recover shaking baby syndrome?

Usually has: some sequella from mild to severe depending on severity of damage done. ...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 happens in shaken baby syndrome?

What happens in shaken baby syndrome?

Brain Injury: The brain bounces back and forth in the skull resulting in bruising and brocken blood vessels. If severe enough increase in intracranial pressure and inability to get the nutrition it needs to stay alive. In ability for the fluid then to drain resulting in hydrocephalous. ...Read more

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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

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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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How does meconium aspiration syndrome affect a baby?

How does meconium aspiration syndrome affect a baby?

Respiratory distress: Meconium is the production the baby expels from the colon and rectum that built up while in utero . When meconium is expelled in utero and the baby's first breath results in inhaling into the lungs, the baby cannot absorb oxygen well. Sometimes we can suction it from nose, mouth and trachea and the baby will be fine. Sometimes, it is so severe, the baby needs mechanical ventilation or ecmo. ...Read more

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3.5mths baby fell from bed (18-24in). Checked baby for any swelling, didn't find any. Can such fall cause shaken baby syndrome or any other problems?

3.5mths baby fell from bed (18-24in). Checked baby for any swelling, didn't find any. Can such fall cause shaken baby syndrome or any other problems?

See Your Doctor Now: The potential for serious injury is significant following a fall for a baby this young. Bone fractures do occur at this age. Be aware that symptoms of head trauma may be subtle to absent in this age group. Injuries can include: skull fractures, bleeding within skull or brain, and more. An examination is needed before any reassurances or further instructions can be given. See your doctot NOW. ...Read more

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What symptoms could manifest due to shaken baby syndrome?

What symptoms could manifest due to shaken baby syndrome?

Like the flu: Vomiting, lethargy, irritability are all signs of the sort of injury that is caused by shaking. These same signs are often mistaken for the flu. Shaking causes bleeding in and around the baby's brain that causes the symptoms. Ct scans and mris are often necessary to confirm the diagnostic impression. Other signs of injury may be present with bruising and rib and long bone fractures. ...Read more

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How long does finger deformity associated with broken bone last?

How long does finger deformity associated with broken bone last?

Could be permanent: Unless properly splinted, casted, or taped by an expert, there could be permanent deformity. Even if "perfectly" aligned, there can be callous formation causing swelling on the bony fracture heal line. If there is angulation or visible deformity at present, see a plastic surgical or orthopedic specialist in hand surgery and get the correct x-ray diagnosis of problem or not! good luck! ...Read more

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How long can a broken femur bone go unnoticed on a new born premature baby?

How long can a broken femur bone go unnoticed on a new born premature baby?

Depends on type: Non-displaced fractures, will heal quickly and show few, if any signs in a newborn unless significant traction is placed on the upper arm. Since most newborns are not subject to extreme traction or tension after delivery, a non-displaced fracture can go entirely unnoticed, unless at some point the baby has an xray of the arm. Displaced fractures are diagnosed quickly, usually right after birth ...Read more

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Does teething cause down syndrome?

Does teething cause down syndrome?

Not at all: Down syndrome is a genetic disorder, you can only be born with it, teething has nothing to do with it , your baby is safe. ...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

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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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Our unborn baby has turners. Part of the symdrome is a congenital deformity! what could that be?

Our unborn baby has turners. Part of the symdrome is a congenital deformity! what could that be?

Different things: Turner's syndrome is fairly common. You may want to refer to the turner's syndrome society. However, girls born with turner's will need tests to check heart and kidneys. Because of trouble with lymph fluid circulation, some girls are born with wider necks, wide-spaced nipples, puffy hands/feet. Your ultrasound will provide details also. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible that long qt syndrome can be cause of sudden infant death syndrome?

Is it possible that long qt syndrome can be cause of sudden infant death syndrome?

YES: This is an ekg diagnosis and it means that there is an imbalance in the sympathetic (autonomic/automatic) innervation of the heart from the left stellate ganglion (the machnery that delivers control messages to the heart).. This important info was published years ago. It may respond to vitamin therapy and a more appropriate diet. See a nutritionist doctor. ...Read more

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Can a baby's bones break spontaneously if there is no known injury or accident?

Can a baby's bones break spontaneously if there is no known injury or accident?

Depends: There is a diagnosis called osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease. This is genetic in origin and a child is born with the condition. There are several variants ( 4 main types), but it is possible for a child to spontaneously break a bone with little to no trauma. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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?

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?

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

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Will light aerobics/light cardio jogging in place with a baby in baby carrier cause shaken baby syndrome?

Will light aerobics/light cardio jogging in place with a baby in baby carrier cause shaken baby syndrome?

No: Shaken baby syndrome occurs when the baby is grabbed under the arms and the baby's head is violently shaken back and forth with injury and subsequent swelling of the brain. Horrible! This is not what you are doing. All the best and make sure your baby's neck is well supported. ...Read more

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3.5mths baby fell from bed (18-24in). Checked baby for any swelling, didn't find any. Can such fall cause shaken baby syndrome or any other problems?

See Your Doctor Now: The potential for serious injury is significant following a fall for a baby this young. Bone fractures do occur at this age. Be aware that symptoms of head trauma may be subtle to absent in this age group. Injuries can include: skull fractures, bleeding within skull or brain, and more. An examination is needed before any reassurances or further instructions can be given. See your doctot NOW. ...Read more

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What's the difference between shaken baby syndrome and an epileptic seizure?

What's the difference between shaken baby syndrome and an epileptic seizure?

Huge difference: Shaken baby syndrome is a complex of intrabrain and retinal hemorrhages from hitting, hard shaking and head banging of a (usually) crying infant to try and shut them up. It is a serious form of child abuse. Seizures are due to electrical disturbance of the brain which can be from tumors, malformations, vascular lesions or simply no known cause. It is an accident and not due to abuse. ...Read more

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What symptoms could manifest due to shaken baby syndrome?

Like the flu: Vomiting, lethargy, irritability are all signs of the sort of injury that is caused by shaking. These same signs are often mistaken for the flu. Shaking causes bleeding in and around the baby's brain that causes the symptoms. Ct scans and mris are often necessary to confirm the diagnostic impression. Other signs of injury may be present with bruising and rib and long bone fractures. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms that result due to shaken baby syndrome?

What are the symptoms that result due to shaken baby syndrome?

Traumatic brain inju: Shaken baby syndrome results in traumatic brain injury, involving the poles of the brain, both front and back. The result can be anywhere from mental retardation, motor handicaps, vision problems and even death. ...Read more

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Could an adult suffer effects of shaken baby syndrome in his life?

Could an adult suffer effects of shaken baby syndrome in his life?

Shaken baby: An adult could possibly have long-standing effects from shaken baby syndrome or abusive head injury as it is now called that occurred when the adult was an infant, thereby leaving that person with residual neurologic problems. ...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