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          Common Signs of Shaken Baby Syndrome

          January 10, 2005


          The Shaken Baby Alliance is a non-profit charity on a mission to increase public awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). The following are possible indications that your child may be suffering from Shaken Baby Syndrome:

          • Extreme irritability, often misdiagnosed as colic
          • Decreased appetite or feeding problems
          • Inability to suck or swallow
          • Vomiting
          • Lethargy or poor muscle tone
          • Inability to follow movements with eyes
          • No smiling or vocalization (cooing, gurgling, etc.)
          • Rigidity
          • Seizures or convulsions, rolling eyes or eyes upward into head
          • Pale or blueish skin
          • Loss of consciousness or coma
          • Difficulty breathing
          • Dilated pupils
          • Blood spots/pooling of blood in eyes
          • Bruises on shoulders, neck, ribs (front and back), upper arms, arms, wrists

            Keep in mind that in many SBS cases, there are no outward signs of physical abuse.

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