Shaken Baby Syndrome
Shaken baby syndrome, also known as abusive head trauma, can occur when a person mishandles a young child. Babies do not have the strength in their neck muscles to support their heads. Therefore, if they are shaken or moved quickly or suddenly, the baby’s brain can move within the skull cavity. This in turn can cause brain tissue, nerves, and blood vessels to tear, and can bruise the brain and lead to internal bleeding. Abusive head trauma is the leading cause of death in U.S. child abuse cases.
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Adverse Effects of Abusive Head Trauma
The serious and long-term effects of abusive head trauma can include:
- Mental retardation
- Learning problems
- Speech problems
- Hearing loss
- Cerebral palsy
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