Shaken baby syndrome is a medical term for the injuries caused by violently shaking an infant. Shaking or hitting the baby’s head can lead to permanent brain damage and even death. Shaken baby syndrome does not result from gently bouncing an infant in play.
Sometimes babies are shaken by babysitters, but most often it is done by an adult living in the baby's home. Caretakers usually do not intend to hurt the baby. Shaking a baby generally happens when an adult is angry and loses control over a baby’s constant crying.
A baby who has been shaken may:
Even if a baby looks normal right after the shaking, the baby may eventually have problems such as: