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1 Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention for middle school students

2 Let’s see what we know so far

3 Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) What is it? SBS is a medical term used to describe the injuries that can result if a baby is violently shaken. Violent shaking is one of the most devastating forms of child abuse.

4 Elijah’s Story

5 What happens when a baby is shaken?

6 Shaken Baby Syndrome What is it?

7 Signs that a baby has been shaken Broken bones Unusual crying Sleepiness Vomiting or refusing to eat Pale or bluish skin Not breathing Unconscious

8 What are the long term results? Even with prompt medical attention many babies die. Those who survive may have: Blindness Paralysis Deafness Learning disabilities Coordination problems Developmental disabilities Seizures

9 The most common reason given for shaking a baby is that the baby wouldn’t stop crying.

10 All babies cry Crying is normal. Babies cry for many reasons. ALL babies will have times when they CANNOT stop crying.

11 Babies cry to communicate Feeling  Middle Schooler  2-month-old  Hunger“When’s dinner? I’m starved.” Discomfort“I’m not wearing these shoes. They’re too tight.” Over-stimulation“Leave me alone.” Under-stimulation“I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” Fatigue“I’ve had a long day” “CRY!”

12 Risk factors for being a victim Age Gender (boy or girl) Greater demands for care, for example pre- maturity, illness, or other special needs

13 Soothing an irritable baby Feed baby slowly and burp baby often. Make baby as comfortable as possible. Provide gentle motion or relaxing sound. Is baby hungry? Thirsty? Bored? Anxious? Sleepy? Understand that all babies have times when they cannot stop crying.

14 Difficult developmental phases

15 Who would shake a baby? Anyone, but some people are more at risk: Late teens and early 20s Males Inexperience with babies People with other risk factors – drug and alcohol use, mental illness, lack of self-control, high stress

16 When a baby can’t stop crying Try different ways to soothe the baby. Know that a comforted baby doesn’t always mean a quiet baby. Know that crying isn’t always a sign that something is wrong. If at anytime you start feeling tense or frustrated, it is important for you to take a break.

17 Remember the Rule of Lay the baby on his back in his crib or another safe place Stay feet or more away. Slowly count to or take deep breaths to calm yourself down. After minutes, check on the baby Repeat if necessary. If you still feel stressed, call someone for help

18 It’s okay to ask for help Someone who can come over right away and help The baby’s doctor, or nurse helpline Local community resources Have the phone numbers of people who can help when the crying is too much.

19 My pledge This hand will never harm a baby Signed: Pass the message on

20 This material was developed by the SBS Prevention K12 curriculum team Susan Abbey – Children’s Trust Fund Pamela Anderson – Middleton School District Anne Haverland – Oshkosh School District Nancy Graese – CESA 11 Nancy Merwin – Cuba City School District Sue Mokler – Ripon School District Wendi Schreiter – Wisconsin Shaken Baby Association Copyright © Children’s Trust Fund of Wisconsin

21 Acknowledgements  National Shaken Baby Association  The Children of Shaken Baby Syndrome  SBS Prevention Network, Alberta Canada Thanks for your time and your commitment to never harm a baby. Pass the message on


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