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What is Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)?

Shaken Baby Syndrome(SBS) is a term used to describe the very serious injuries that can happen if a baby is roughly shaken. Rough shaking causes a baby's head to whiplash back and forth. The jerking motion can cause blood vessels inside the brain and behind the eyes to tear and bleed.

Compared to adults and older children, babies have fragile and undeveloped brains. Babies' heads are heavy and their neck muscles are weak; this is why their heads have to be supported. The younger the child the more at risk they are because their brains and bodies haven't yet developed; however, there have been SBS victims as old as five years old.

Even a few seconds of shaking can cause a baby to have lasting brain damage or even die. To learn more about SBS, visit What is Shaken Baby Syndrome? (Health in Action)