The baby cries and cries and can not calm down easily. The parents are tired, helpless, tired and frustrated. Sometimes they feel then the good understandable urge to shake the baby, just so he's finally quiet.
But just five seconds of shaking suffice to a baby so hard to damage it is severely disabled forever or even die from it. Physicians also speak of Shaken Baby Syndrome to German Shaken.
In the United States the Shaken is the leading cause of physical child abuse and for most long-term disability in infants and children responsible.
Symptoms that might indicate a Shaken are:
- respiratory failure
The Deceptive is: You often see the child externally nothing to - no bruises, no injuries. But by the shaking of in relation to body weight still relatively large and heavy the baby's head spun back and forth. the baby's neck muscles are too weak to head to stabilize enough.
The result: The brain swells, there is bleeding in the brain and in the retina. Also vessels just below the skull can tear and lead to larger bruises. This bruising in turn increase the pressure in the bony skull, so press the substance of the brain and can cause secondary circulatory disorders. In severe cases, the Shaken can lead to death.
Gently shaking can cause respiratory arrest
Lange glaubten Forscher, dass nur absichtliche, starke Rüttelbewegungen den Tod von Kleinkindern verursachen können. Im Juni des Jahres 2001 schlugen jedoch Ärzte Alarm: Bereits leichtes Schütteln, so hatten sie herausgefunden, können Nervenfasern im Nackenbereich des Kindes schädigen und so einen Atemstillstand verursachen.
Even if a baby does not die from the effects of shaking, it often carries serious nerve and bone damage it. A Canadian study found that two-thirds of the surviving children develop serious long-term damage.
To avoid misunderstandings: A Shaken not either results from too fast scooping up the child out of bed by the high throw and catch the child when he is old enough to it to have fun. Dangerous is the child's desperate, massive shaking, so for example it stops screaming.
The first few weeks with a baby mean exciting and good times, but can also be stressful and nerve-wracking. The film illustrates why infants in the first months and often have screamed long and why parents should never shake your baby. In addition, mothers and fathers find tips on how to deal with stressful situations.