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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 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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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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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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Do you know are symptoms of meningitis and shaken baby syndrome in any way similar?

Do you know are symptoms of meningitis and shaken baby syndrome in any way similar?

Perhaps: Shaken baby syndrome can cause a chemical menningitis if there is bleeding into the cerebral spinal fluid outside the brain. Best discuss this with the childs doctor. ...Read more

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Is there an adult version of shaken baby syndrome? Is that what happens when a roadside bomb goes off?

Is there an adult version of shaken baby syndrome?  Is that what happens when a roadside bomb goes off?

CHILD ABUSE: Shaken baby syndrome happens when the caregiver deliberately traumatized the child or abuse due to impatience of child' behavior like excessive crying episodes. Child can die of trauma. ...Read more

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Convulsion (Definition)

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Shaken Baby Syndrome (Definition)

Occurs when a baby is shaken hard and causes bleeding in the brain which ...Read more