Shaken Baby Syndrome is a condition that happens when a baby is shaken violently. Shaking a baby can cause brain damage, life-long disabilities, or death.
Listening to a baby cry for long periods of time can be very frustrating and upsetting for parents and caregivers, and is the most common trigger for shaking a baby.
|If you feel like you might lose control, put the baby in a safe place and walk away or ask someone for help.
Never shake a baby.
It's normal for a baby to cry more often and for longer periods of time at certain points in their life.
Here's what you and anyone caring for your baby should know about infant crying.
In the first 5-6 months, it is normal for a baby's crying to increase in intensity, and the baby may not be consolable.
Sometimes there is no reason to explain why the baby is crying, and there is often nothing you can do.
To talk to a Public Health Nurse about your baby call 1-888-505-6074 or 905-688-8248 ext. 7555
Don't Shake - includes more in-depth information on Shaken Baby Syndrome and infant crying, as well as separate sections containing resources for both parents and health care professionals to use.
Alberta Child Abuse Prevention Network - website providing tips for parents/caregivers for calming a crying baby or for themselves. Educational materials and prevention resources for health care professionals are also provided.
Public Health Agency of Canada - website providing in-depth information for physicians and other health care providers that outlines the basis for work in developing multi-disciplinary guidelines for the identification and management of Shaken Baby Syndrome.