Understanding shaken baby syndrome

  • Carbaugh S
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Health care professionals involved in the care of infants are in an ideal position to identify and to educate families, the public, and other health care professionals about the risk factors, dangers, and consequences of infant shaking. The purpose of this article is to review the incidence, biomechanics, risk factors, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and prognosis of shaken baby syndrome (SBS), as well as to encourage involvement in SBS prevention through the use of a family teaching tool. Education is essential to decrease the incidence, morbidity, and mortality of SBS.

Author-supplied keywords

  • *Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • *Parents/education/psychology
  • *Shaken Baby Syndrome/diagnosis/epidemiology/nursi
  • Battered Child Syndrome/diagnosis/epidemiology/nur
  • Health Education/*methods
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Neonatal Nursing/*standards
  • Prognosis
  • Retinal Hemorrhage/diagnosis/etiology
  • Risk Factors
  • United States/epidemiology
  • Whiplash Injuries/complications/diagnosis

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  • S F Carbaugh

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