• Shaking a baby does not calm her when she is crying.
  • Shaking only causes harm.

When a baby cries:

  • Take care of basic needs.
  • Gently rock.
  • Offer pacifier.
  • Take the baby for a walk.
  • Give the baby a soothing bath.

If you get frustrated with the baby crying:

  • Take a deep breath and count to 10.
  • Call a friend or relative to help.
  • Put the baby in a safe place and walk away for a few minutes.
  • Hug a pillow.

Shaking results in serious injuries

  • Blindness or eye damage.
  • Hearing loss.
  • Mental retardation.
  • Seizures.
  • Developmental problems.
  • Paralysis.
  • Cerebral palsy.
  • Broken bones.
  • Death.

Signs of Shaken Baby Syndrome

  • Constant crying.
  • Stiffness.
  • Sleeping more than normal.
  • Unable to awaken.
  • Seizures.
  • Dilated pupils.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Bloody spots in the eyes.