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Shaken Baby Syndrome

Shaken baby syndrome is a devastating condition experienced by infants who have been violently shaken. The neck and spine of an infant remains fragile during the early part of their childhood, making any sudden and violent movement detrimental to the child’s health. Comparable to the symptoms of whiplash, shaken baby syndrome is categorized as a form of child abuse which is estimated to affect at least 1,200 children each year.

Shaken baby syndrome is incredibly harmful to small infants, causing death in many babies who suffer from it. The condition may also result in brain damage, disability, cerebral palsy, blindness, and cognitive problems.

Shaken baby syndrome is often coupled with shaken impact syndrome, where infants not only suffer the injuries associated with being shaken, but struck with an object as well. There are typically few external signs of the injury, making it difficult for parents to recognize the condition. However, infants who have suffered from shaken baby syndrome may exhibit several symptoms, including:

  • Swelling of the head
  • Inconsistent eating habits
  • Dilated pupils
  • Inconsistent breathing patterns
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Irritability.

If you believe that your child is a victim of shaken baby syndrome as a result of a violent or negligent babysitter, day care attendant, or other person, contact a Waukesha shaken baby syndrome attorney immediately. The Waukesha child injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® are ready to help you fight for the rights of your child. Call 1-800-559-5599 to speak with a Waukesha shaken baby syndrome lawyer today.