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Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Shaken Baby Syndrome (Definition)

Shaken baby syndrome is a condition in which a baby or young child has been shaken forcefully in a way that causes the head to whip back and forth, causing brain damage. Generally, shaken baby syndrome is considered a result of child abuse.


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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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Shaken Baby Syndrome (Definition)

Shaken baby syndrome is a condition in which a baby or young child has been shaken forcefully in a way that causes the head to whip back and forth, causing brain damage. Generally, shaken baby syndrome is considered a result of child abuse.


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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Abusive head injury: The term 'shaken baby syndrome' has been replaced by the term 'abusive head injury.'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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Infant Health (Tip)

Infant Health

Keep an infant out of the sun. Even moderate exposure may cause a severe sunburn. ...See more

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Having a Baby Through Surrogacy (Checklist)

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

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 there any way to treat shaken baby syndrome?

Is there any way to treat shaken baby syndrome?

Supportive care: Shaken baby syndrome is one cause brain injury that can lead to long term disabilities. It fits as a cause of cerebral palsy, and recovery and treatments are similar to CP from other causes. Infants have more capacity to improve than adults from the same injury, so pt, ot & speach rx may maximize improvement. Unfortunately some SBS cases have major brain injury & may not gain much function. ...Read more

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Infant Health (Tip)

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Always triple check medication doses for your infant or toddler. Calculation errors can be lethal. ...See more

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Caring for Your Baby (Checklist)

Vaccinate for hepatitis B prior to hospital discharge
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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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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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