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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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)

A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...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?

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 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 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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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

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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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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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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 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 are ways to calm new parents who are really frustrated so they can avoid hurting the baby or causing shaken baby syndrome?

What are ways to calm new parents who are really frustrated so they can avoid hurting the baby or causing  shaken baby syndrome?

Provide support: It is important that new parents have a support network of friends and family. If that network can commit to helping in various ways like prepping meals, housework or watching the new baby this can go a long way in preventing a tragic outburst or excessive frustration. For sleep deprived parents, the opportunity to nap is especially welcome. ...Read more

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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. Andrew Reeves
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Epilepsy (Definition)

A neurological disorder where nerve cells of the brain are injured, epilepsy results in seizures that range from nearly undetectable to extremely vigorous. Causes of epilepsy include genetics, head trauma, prenatal ...Read more


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Seizure Disorder (Definition)

Seizure disorder also known as epilepsy, is a neurological condition in which the brain's abnormal electrical activity causes muscular convulsions and altered mental states. Epilepsy is diagnosed when an individual has ...Read more