I was watching a documentary last week. It was a weight-loss story. A 44 year-old woman was talking about how she had let herself go and just gained an enormous amount of weight.
She talked about what issues led her to where she was now. She talked about how her heart was broken 17 years ago, when a nanny shook her son to the extent that he suffered irreparable brain damage. It was a heartbreaking story to watch and I knew I had to share it.
Shaken Baby Syndrome.
I know most of us have never heard of it, but this does not mean that it is not existent. This syndrome leaves babies with serious brain damage, which is sometimes fatal.
Shaken baby syndrome occurs when an infant or toddler is violently shaken. According to Kidshealth.org shaken baby syndrome is “caused by someone (most often a parent or other caregiver) vigorously shaking a child or striking the child’s head against a surface.” Something as simple as shaking a baby could lead to serious complications that could affect the baby’s life forever.
We leave our babies with caretakers, some of whom we don’t know very well and they could do this to our babies.
Some mothers, as well as fathers have an impulse to hurt the baby, and this could ruin the baby’s life forever. It is your duty as a mother to tell those who take care of your baby to NEVER EVER shake your baby violently. No matter what.
Symptoms of shaken baby syndrome
- Difficulty staying awake
- Skin turning blue
- Poor feeding
- Difficulties breathing
Make sure you visit a doctor immediately if your baby is experiencing any of these symptoms or you suspect that your baby has been shaken or hurt.
A child who survives such shaking may be paralyzed for life or have mental problems, as well as blindness and speech and developmental problems.
There are many tests and treatments available for babies with shaken baby syndrome.Always seek medical attention as soon as possible.