If You Suspect Your Child Has Been Shaken

What to do if you suspect your child has been shaken

Signs of shaken baby syndrome may vary from mild and nonspecific to severe and immediately identifiable clinically as head trauma. (Jenny 1999)

It is important to tell the doctor that your child was shaken (or suspected of being shaken).

Contact emergency medical services or your doctor immediately if you suspect your child has been shaken.

  • Immediate treatment may prevent serious permanent damage, life threatening injuries or death.
  • Be sure to tell medical personnel that you know (or suspect) that the child has been shaken.
  • Without this knowledge, the doctor may spend precious time looking for other causes of illness or problems.