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What are the after effects of shaken baby syndrome?

What are the after effects of shaken baby syndrome?

Shaken baby syndrome: Children may have long-term neurologic problems after shaken-baby syndrome or abusive head injury, depending upon the severity of injury. Some patients may have seizures, cognitive disability, motor disability, and/or sensory disability. Some patients can die. Some patients may remain encephalopathic after this and be completely dependent upon caregivers for the remainder of their lives. ...Read more

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Shaken Baby Syndrome (Definition)

A serious and potentially fatal condition that occurs when a baby is shaken hard, causing ...Read more


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What are the consequences of shaken baby syndrome?

What are the consequences of shaken baby syndrome?

Worst case: death: Shaken baby syndrome causes brain injury; therefore, brain damage is the consequence -- developmental delays, school difficulties. But because it is a form of child abuse there are many other consequences -- bonding problems, emotional problems, fear, post-traumatic stress disorder, etc. ...Read more

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Describe shaken baby syndrome?

Shaken baby syndrome: This is a condition now known as abusive head injury, wherein a child experiences injury to the brain due to head trauma. The trauma often results from violent shaking or from blunt force injury to the head. Symptoms may vary from mild to severe, including coma and death. There are certain characteristic findings that may be present on physical exam. Imaging may aid diagnosis. ...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

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What are the symptoms of shaken baby syndrome?

What are the symptoms of shaken baby syndrome?

Abusive head injury: The term 'shaken baby syndrome' has been replaced by the term 'abusive head injury.' the symptoms are variable and can range from mild to none to coma and death. There are often characteristic injuries to the child produced with abusive head injury that lead to the diagnosis s. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of shaken baby syndrome?

What are the symptoms of 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 is shaken baby syndrome?

What is shaken baby syndrome?

Pattern of injury: The SBS refers to a few physical findings that suggest that a baby was violently shaken. Most notable are petecial hemorrhages within the retina that are visible to exam of the inner eye.These reflect violent pressure that has causes tiny blood vessels to burst.Brain hemorrhage from the same process is common & sometimes bone chips are sheared off the upper arms at the same time. ...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 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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I have a newborn baby. What are the risks associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

I have a newborn baby. What are the risks associated with Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?

SIDS: Some risks involved is the baby sleeping on their bellies, co-sleeping, not getting vaccinated, bumpers in the crib, etc. Here is a link from the AAP for further info http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Expands-Guidelines-for-Infant-Sleep-Safety-and-SIDS-Risk-Reduction.aspx ...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 is this shaken baby syndrome?

What is this shaken baby syndrome?

Adult shakes baby: When an adult shakes an infant or young child, their head rocks back and the brain inside the skull is shaken back and forth striking the inside of the skull and being deformed during the movements. In addition, blood vessels may be torn. ...Read more

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Can shaken baby syndrome reflect underlying emotional problems in the parents?

Can shaken baby syndrome reflect underlying emotional problems in the parents?

Anger management: The degree of shaking necessary to damage a baby is quite severe and must occur repeatedly to be really damaging. Most new parents can be angry with the baby, but will easily diffuse the anger and avoid injury to the child. Normal play and enthusiastic handling of the baby will not produce brain damage. ...Read more

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What are the effects of risperdial medication on a down's syndrome child?

What are the effects of risperdial medication on a down's syndrome child?

Behaviors in DS: 18-23% have behavioral, emotional or psychiatric problems. ~ 6% have extreme aggression; 73% disobedient; 65% argumentative; 50% demanding attention; 6-8% adhd. Of the 10% with autistic disorder, ~ half have late regression with loss of language ~ 5 yrs., by which age > 50% of kids with ds are overweight. Low doses of Risperdal are used for irritability or aggression, monitoring wt. Gain & labs. ...Read more

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What are the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome?

What are the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome?

Prenatal &/or post-: natal growth failure (of head & or body), characteristic facial features & evidence of some type of brain damage are criteria for FAS I, the most severe end of the spectrum. Read about impaired executive functions, ADHD, Intellectual Disability & other associated Neurobehavioral & medical disorders on www.fasdcenter.samhsa.gov. Seek Early Intervention from 0-3; Special Education from 3- 21. ...Read more

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

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

Genetic mimic of SBS: Several genetic conditions can mimc subdural hemorrhages and retinal hemorrhages implicated in sbs. The most important condition is glutaric aciduria type 1, others include neurofibromatosis type 1, metabolic bone disease. ...Read more