Joining the shaken baby syndrome (now formally called abusive head trauma) prevention effort, Salem Hospital in Oregon is providing educational resources to parents of newborns to explain how frequently babies cry and how to handle the tears, thanks to a $26,500 grant from the Children's Trust Fund of Oregon. According to the Statesman Journal online, nurses and other staff members at the hospital are distributing informational DVDs and brochures to new parents about the "Period of PURPLE Crying," a term used to describe the details of infant crying--how long it lasts, how often it occurs, the age at which it peaks, and other characteristics. In addition to assuring parents that frequent crying is normal, the materials encourage parents to take short breaks when necessary: they should not feel guilty for putting a crying baby down for a few minutes in order to calm their own frustrations.
These recent prevention efforts across the U.S. are springing up for a reason: abusive head trauma can result in serious injuries. The term abusive head trauma itself communicates the severity of the injury: shaking a baby inflicts trauma to the head, resulting in a wide range of disabilities, sometimes permanent or even fatal. If you think that your child may be suffering from shaken baby syndrome, seek medical care immediately. For free answers to any questions you may have regarding how to receive the best medical care for your baby or what to do in your particular situation, contact child injury lawyer Chris Keane. You may contact Chris Keane online or by phone at 1-888-592-KIDS.