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Symptoms And Signs For Shaken Baby Syndrome | New Smyrna Child Injury Lawyer

Symptoms And Signs For Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken baby syndrome is one of the leading causes of child abuse deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you’re concerned that your child has been injured by violent shaking, seek help immediately. Contact your child’s doctor or take your child to the nearest emergency room.

Getting medical care right away may save your child’s life or prevent serious health problems. Keep in mind that health care professionals are legally required to report all suspected cases of child abuse to state authorities.

The Mayo Clinic has identified the following symptoms and signs for shaken baby syndrome:

Extreme irritability

Difficulty staying awake

Breathing problems

Poor eating



Pale or bluish skin




Other injuries that may not be noticeable include bleeding in the brain and eye, damage to the spinal cord and neck, and fractures of the ribs, skull and bones. Evidence of prior child abuse also is common.

In mild cases of shaken baby syndrome, a child may appear normal after being shaken — but over time he or she may develop health, learning or behavior problems.

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