Thursday, April 26, 2012

An ounce of prevention can save lives | Shaken Baby Syndrome

*Excerpt of story published for education and awareness*
Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) or abusive head trauma (AHT) is more common than one might think. Yet it is also a preventable health issue, one that can be addressed through education and awareness.
SBS/AHT occurs most commonly during the first few months of an infant’s life. This is also a time when prolonged, but often inconsolable, bouts of infant crying occur. These “bouts” are normal and an expected developmental phase. However, most parents and caregivers aren’t aware of this.
Coincidentally, this stage of an infant’s life occurs at a time when parents and caregivers are adjusting to bringing home a new baby, and ultimately, experiencing stress and various emotions at a higher level and frequency.
Through education and awareness, parents and caregivers can become informed about infant crying and SBS/AHT and in turn, prevent trauma from occurring. That was the idea Dr. Ron Barr and Marilyn Barr had when they developed the Period of PURPLE Crying, an evidence-based infant-abuse prevention program, first implemented in North Carolina.
This unique program seeks to create an understanding and a culture shift about the normal pattern of intense early infant crying, the frustration that can accompany it and how to cope. Its overarching goal is to save infants’ lives. Its purpose is to prevent SBS/AHT, which can result in severe, irreversible, lifelong brain damage or death.
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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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