Non Accidental Head Injuries
Coping with a baby who cries inconsolably for prolonged periods can be extremely frustrating, particularly when you are tired and have no-one to help. Such situations can often occur at night.
The national charity family lives also has a free 24-hour helpline (0808 800 2222) for information and support on any parenting issue, including crying babies.
Non-Accidental Head Injuries (which used to be referred to as Shaken Baby Syndrome) can involve serious brain damage that occurs to a baby as a consequence of rough or violent handling, causing abusive head trauma (AHT). Babies most at risk are between 3-8 months of age. AHT often causes irreversible damage. In the worst cases, children die due to their injuries.
Children who survive may have:
- partial or total blindness
- hearing loss
- developmental delays
- impaired intellect
- speech and learning difficulties
- problems with memory and attention
- severe mental retardation
- cerebral palsy
Even in milder cases, in which babies looks normal immediately after the shaking, they may eventually develop one or more of these problems