Shaken Baby Syndrome Symptoms
Shaken Baby Syndrome, first described as a syndrome in 1974, can be lethal: approximately one shaken baby in four dies from the injuries. Those who survive may suffer blindness caused by bleeding around the brain and eyes, or disabling brain damage, including mental retardation (mild to severe), paralysis, seizure disorder, speech and learning disabilities, neck and back damage, and dislocated bones.
Many incidents of Shaken Baby Syndrome are not reported out of fear. It is important to seek immediate and early medical attention. Serious complications and even DEATH can be avoided.
Here are a few symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome that have already been discovered:
Head turned to one sideUnable to lift or turn headPinpointed, dilated, or unequal size pupilsBlood pooling in the eyesPupils unresponsive to lightBulging or spongy foreheadNo smiling or vocalizationPoor sucking or swallowingRigiditySemi-consciousness, lethargy, or decreased muscle toneDifficulty breathingSeizures or spasmsSwollen head, which may appear later
Warning Signs of Injury of Shaken Baby Syndrome
Poor Feeding / EatingCardiopulmonary arrest.Vomiting.Failure to thrivePale or blush skin.IrritabilitySeizuresLethargicComa
If you suspect your baby is a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome, do not delay, Call 911 and get your baby to the emergency room right away.