SIDS Awareness Month – Shaken Baby Syndrome

tired parents of newborn baby

Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma (SBS/AHT) is a term used to describe the full-range of signs and symptoms resulting from violent shaking or shaking and impacting of the head of an infant or small child. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) describes SBS as a subset of AHT with injuries having the potential to result in death or permanent neurologic disability.

Can Tossing My Baby in the Air or Rough Play Cause SBS?

SBS is a form of child abuse that happens when an infant or small child is violently shaken. Shaken injuries are not caused by:

Improving Public Safety & Changing Lives

Dale and daughter
An innovative partnership between the Washington State Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF)

The Parenting Sentencing Alternative, Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 6639, was enacted in June 2010. This law allows some incarcerated individuals who are parents of minor children the opportunity to avoid prison or transfer from incarceration in order to parent their children.