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What are symptoms of shaken baby syndrome?

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Being shaken affects babies in many different ways. Symptoms include:

They might stop smiling and talking. You may also notice bruises on the arms or chest in the places the baby has been grabbed.

Babies with shaken baby syndrome may also have symptoms you can't see, such as fractured ribs or other bones, spinal cord or neck injury, and bleeding in the brain. In mild cases, behavior, health, or learning issues show up later on.

  • Vomiting
  • Bluish skin
  • Tremors or shakes
  • Breathing issues
  • Drowsiness
  • A larger than usual head or forehead Different-sized pupils
  • Not being able to focus
  • Using one arm or leg more than the other
  • Less interest in eating
  • Trouble sucking

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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