"Shaken Baby Syndrome" is a term used to describe a set of injuries that result from shaking a baby. For examples in New Zealand around 20 babies are admitted to hospitals every year with injuries resulting from shaking a baby, many more are admitted with other forms of abuse. One in five of these babies die, many have other injuries including brain damage, paralysis, blindness, deafness, fits, learning and behaviour difficulties. More babies are admitted to hospital with a recognised head injury which is probably the resulting of shaking.
Why is this happening?
Inconsolable crying is probably the most common trigger for shaking and physical abuse of infants. Crying is however the only way a baby can communicate during the first few months. Sometimes crying is a way of communicating that something is wrong, sometimes it's just that babies want a bit of attention or a cuddle. There's no question that crying can be very frustrating at times, but it's also important to remember that babies have no concept of "annoying" their parents (i.e. crying for no reason just to get on their parents nerves).
We've all been there and it's completely natural to feel frustrated. Sometimes it's just hard to soothe a crying baby and you've tried every trick in the book but the baby still keeps on crying. The key difference is what we do about this situation as parents.
What can we do to prevent "shaken baby syndrome"?
1. Recognise when you are getting frustrated and stay calm
2. Stay calm and check the following - does your baby:
- need some food
- need a nappy change
- perhaps feel too hot or too cold
- need burping
- feel tired perhaps
3. If you are unsure or think that perhaps your baby may be unwell contact a health professional
4. Some other things you can try
- massage your baby's back
- sing, hum or talk to your baby
- go outside and take your baby for a walk
If none of this works it may be good to actually take a break from the baby. Go outside or go to another room and do some exercise, shout out your frustration or do whatever helps to get rid off some frustration that has built up. After that you're most likely to be in a mucher better head space to go back and deal with your crying baby.
Whatever you do, never, ever shake a baby!
For more information about shaken baby syndrome check out powertoprotect.net.nz or phone 0800 300 026 (in NZ).
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