The Handbook for Child Protection Protection Practice presents a comprehensive and critical portrait of the phenomenon of neglect. Drawing on theory, research and clinical practice experience, the contributors cover issues facing social workers. They provide a view of child neglect which moves beyond the current child welfare focus on parental omissions in care. Organized in question and answer format, topics covered include: engaging with the client; initial assessments for factors such as neglect and physical and sexual abuse; how to assess the family; interventions with various different emphases; and safeguarding the social workers well-being: legally, physically and mentally.
Chapter 35: What is Shaken Baby Syndrome?
What is Shaken Baby Syndrome?
Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) refers to a constellation of symptoms and signs that occur after an infant, usually less than 1 year of age, has been violently shaken. Such an infant often has bleeding around the brain, bleeding in the back of the eyes, and other signs of abuse, such as bruises and fractures.
Presenting Symptoms and Signs
Infants with SBS may be brought to the physician because of irritability, decreased appetite, vomiting, or sleepiness. In more severe cases, the child may be unresponsive and have seizures or difficulty breathing. Important clues on the physical examination include irritability, lethargy or coma, a bulging anterior fontanelle (soft spot on the head), an enlarged head circumference, seizures, decreased frequency ...