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Shaken baby syndrome – What is it?

Shaken baby syndrome is the injury caused when a baby is shaken to the point where their head wobbles back and forth rapidly.  A baby does not have the strength to hold their head firmly and the force of the movement causes tears to the blood vessels which connect the brain and the skull.  The shaking can cause damage which cannot be seen and which may be long-lasting and devastating.

You should never shake a baby – even if you think it is only play.