Shaken baby prevention: Have a plan

It’s a headline no one ever wants to see – that a baby died from being shaken. It’s especially devastating during the holidays as families gather to celebrate the wonders of childhood.

Dayton Children’s has seen 128 instances of shaken baby since 2011 with a 13 percent death rate. This is compared to a one percent death rate among all others traumas that we see. So shaking a baby is more likely to have a deadly outcome than any other trauma.

Unlike other traumas, such as a car accident when a child is transported immediately to the emergency room, with a shaken baby there is often a delay in treatment because symptoms may not be apparent right away. In addition, no one wants to admit that they hurt a baby, so they don’t seek help until symptoms can no longer be ignored.

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