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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. Marcus Degraw
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Shaken Baby Syndrome (Definition)

Occurs when a baby is shaken hard and causes bleeding in the brain which ...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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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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Describe shaken baby syndrome?

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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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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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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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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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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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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How to tell if I am a victim of shaken baby syndrome?

How to tell if I am a victim of shaken baby syndrome?

At your age - tough: At your age, looking back so many years will make a diagnosis of your having been shaken difficult. You will need information about the occurrence of seizures in infancy, developmental delay and likely hospitalization. ...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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What is the definition or description of: Shaken baby syndrome?

What is the definition or description of: Shaken baby syndrome?

Child abuse: If a baby is shaken hard there is bleeding in the brain causing serious effects. ...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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Please let me know if there is an adult version of shaken baby syndrome?

Please let me know if there is an adult version of shaken baby syndrome?

No: The injury pattern with shaken baby syndrome arise from their immature nervous system and blood vessels. Survival outcome varies with the injury and their ability to "rewire" the nerves around the injuries. Adults with a mature and static nervous system can suffer significant traumatic injury. Yet the pattern would be different and recovery afterward less likely. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a baby with shaken baby syndrome turning out ok?

What are the chances of a baby with shaken baby syndrome turning out ok?

Reasonable: Babys with shaken baby injury can recover to normal if saved from repetitive injury and chronic trauma. One acute event is often fully overcome. Repeated injury will result in permanent damage. The key is to have appropriate index of suspicion and to refer to a social service team who can remove the baby from the environment soon enough to save him from permanent damage. ...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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What are the chances of a baby with shaken baby syndrome returning to normal?

What are the chances of a baby with shaken baby syndrome returning to normal?

Fair to good: If the child is removed from the offender's care permanently, the parts of the brain affected may recover in a good foster home with multispecialty intervention. The hardest part to recover is vision damage. ...Read more

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What is the statute of limitations for someone who comitted shaken baby syndrome?

What is the statute of limitations for someone who comitted shaken baby syndrome?

Shaken baby syndrome: This question would likely best be addressed by an attorney and might vary from state to state. ...Read more

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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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Could a child suffer from after effects of having undergone shaken baby syndrome?

Could a child suffer from after effects of having undergone shaken baby syndrome?

Yes: Shaking a baby can cause brain damage, from transient loss of consciousness to brain damage such as retardation, motor handicaps or even death. ...Read more

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If you shake a full grown man enough can he get the same problem as shaken baby syndrome?

If you shake a full grown man enough can he get the same problem as shaken baby syndrome?

NO: Part of shaken baby syndrome is the throwing of the child down after shaking. Plus, an adult has very good head control, and there head is not as large compared to their body size as infant's is. ...Read more

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Can a baby get shaken baby syndrome if he likes being rocked to sleep fast in a bouncer/rocker?

Can a baby get shaken baby syndrome if he likes being rocked to sleep fast in a bouncer/rocker?

NO: This pattern of injury requires a significant inertial force generated by rapid acceleration/deceleration. It is not possible in the venue you describe. The most I would expect is the kid throwing up all over. ...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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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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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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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