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Shaken Baby Syndrome

Posted on April 16th, 2009 No Comments

When we put our children into the hands of a caretaker, we trust them with the most valuable thing in our lives, and we expect them to uphold the highest level of responsibility. Although the common saying goes, “Never shake a baby”, sometimes, perhaps out of anger, frustration, stress, or out of a sheer lack of knowledge, a caretaker may shake a child. What can result from this is a set of symptoms called Shaken Baby Syndrome, often referred to as Abusive Head Trauma.

How does shaken baby syndrome occur? The anatomy of children, especially infants, makes them particularly vulnerable to head and neck injuries. The majority of shaken baby syndrome victims are between the ages of three and eight months, although injuries have been seen in children as old as four years old.

Because children’s neck muscles are not properly developed, they provide very little support for a baby’s head. When a baby is shaken, the muscles cannot properly prevent the head from whipping back and forth, and the brain is knocked around inside the baby’s skull. This can cause blood vessels to rupture, brain tissue to tear, and bleeding inside the skull, leading to severe neurological symptoms.

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If your child has suffered from shaken baby syndrome at the hands of another, immediately contact Jacksonville shaken baby syndrome lawyer Don Guthrie, P.A. at 904-296-1088, and we can evaluate your case.

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