Friday, March 2, 2012

In Wisconsin, Kelly Borchardt column: Shaken baby syndrome is tragic but preventable | Shaken Baby Syndrome

In a new report recently released, it can be known that reportedly at least one baby is shaken every week in Wisconsin.

According to the national Shaken Baby Alliance, 25 percent of shaken babies die.

Shaken Baby Syndrome is a serious neurological injury or damage to a child's brain. It is usually accompanied by bleeding behind the eyes and sometimes by other injuries. The damage to the brain is the result of a child's head being whiplashed back and forth by a violent shaking, and sometimes by the head also being forcefully struck against something. Shaken baby syndrome can occur from as little as five seconds of shaking. The majority of the survivors have moderate to severe long-term disabilities.

Wisconsin law reportedly mandates that child-care providers receive training in identification, prevention and the grave effects of shaking babies. In Wisconsin, the Prevent Violence Against Children Act, also known as the Shaken Baby Syndrome Act, was signed into law in March 2006. Families with children who have been seriously injured through shaking brought SBS to the attention of the state legislature by making them aware that shaking babies has serious and often fatal results for infants and children, and with training and community support for caretakers, SBS is completely preventable.

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If you have any questions or concerns about what can be done to help babies who have been shaken, or families of babies who have died, please call Christopher Keane and The Keane Law Firm toll-free for free consultation at (888) 592-5437 (KIDS), click on contact us here, or use the web form provided at

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