How shaking a baby traumatizes an infants brain - KOAM TV 7

How shaking a baby traumatizes an infants brain


According to one national study 1,300 babies across the country are injured or killed each year from shaken baby syndrome.  All it takes is a second of violent shaking for a child to be injured, or even killed.

One Joplin doctor says the preventable act of violence against babies occurs so often because many do not know the consequences of shaking a baby.

An emergency room doctor at Freeman Hospital says he has seen one baby too many with shaken baby syndrome.

Dr. Sam Lightsey says he's seen several cases of shaken baby syndrome (SBS) and explains exactly what happens when a baby is shaken:

"What the injury is, there is a movement and that's why they call it shaken baby, and with that movement, with the give and take the brain moves at different speeds and what happens is parts of the brain move one direction and parts of it move the other way and that's a sheer, and that sheering allows for bleeding in the brain and what that does is cause swelling in the brain and that swelling is what is ultimately lethal if it swells too much and there is too much damage then that's what can kill the child."

If the child survives the trauma they still could face problems ranging from mental retardation, learning disorders, blindness or seizures.

To help parents and caregivers understand the dangers of shaking a baby a the Alliance of Southwest Missouri is providing opportunities to help prevent this from happening to any child.  They offer free parenting classes to the public that teach simple practical tips caregivers and parents can use to sooth and calm a baby

"Very simple steps that you take where you swaddle the baby, you turn the baby on its side, you gently rock the baby and at the same time you simulate the noise the baby heard while the baby was in the womb - it's a shushing sound and it sounds simple but it works and it works very quickly," says Nancy Corley, the director of Project Care with the Alliance.

She says having a plan when a baby starts to cry can prevent the stress levels from spiking.

"If you are confident that you have a technique that works and that if you use that technique that the baby is going to stop crying your frustration level goes down and you don't have to act out that frustration or anger on the baby," Corley says.

If nothing else, parents and caregivers should step away and collect themselves until they are calm enough to handle the baby in a loving way.

Again, the Alliance of Southwest Missouri offers free Child-Parent Relationship Training and classes to the public.

You can find more information about the classes at http://www.theallianceofswmo.org/

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