Shaken baby syndrome is a kind of brain injury which happens in babies and toddlers. It usually occurs when someone shakes a baby or toddler violently. This action causes subdural hemorrhages or brain bleeding. It may also cause retinal hemorrhages too, or bleeding of the retinas. When someone shakes a baby aggressively, the brain hits the skull. Babies' heads are much larger in proportion as compared to the other parts of their body. This means that babies' heads are heavier too. So shaking a baby has a great impact on their head. It causes the brain to bruise, swell, and even start bleeding. Shaken baby syndrome is a dangerous disorder which can cause serious consequences. If left untreated, a child can experience loss of eyesight or hearing. It can also cause brain damage.
First off, you might notice that your baby becomes extremely irritable. If your baby isn't usually this way, you need to check whether your little one feels ill. If your baby starts crying with a high-pitched sound, try comforting your baby first. An ophthalmologist needs to check the eyes, especially when retinal hemorrhages have happened. As a parent, you're the best person to comfort your baby when feeling this way. Do what you usually do to calm your baby down. If nothing changes, then it's time to have your baby checked.
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