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How is shaken baby syndrome diagnosed?

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Because shaken baby syndrome can affect so many different parts of a child's health, there may be more than one doctor or specialist involved in the diagnosis.

To check the brain, doctors may use computerized tomography, or a CT scan, to X-ray for injuries that need immediate attention.

X-rays of other body parts, like the arms, legs, spine, and skull, show fractures and whether they were created by force or accident.

To check for eye injuries and bleeding, doctors may do an eye exam.

Some disorders can mimic the symptoms of shaken baby syndrome. To rule those out, doctors may order blood tests.

From: What Is Shaken Baby Syndrome? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "A Journalist's Guide to Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Preventable Tragedy."

Mayo Clinic: "Shaken baby syndrome."

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome: "Learn More."

Childhelp: "Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "A Journalist's Guide to Shaken Baby Syndrome: A Preventable Tragedy."

Mayo Clinic: "Shaken baby syndrome."

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome: "Learn More."

Childhelp: "Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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