Shaken baby syndrome is a medical term for the injuries caused by violently shaking a baby. Shaking or hitting a baby’s head can damage the brain and even cause death.
Sometimes babies are shaken by babysitters, but most often it is done by an adult living in the baby's home. Caretakers usually do not intend to hurt the baby. It may happen when a baby keeps crying and the caretaker gets angry and loses control.
Gently bouncing an infant in play does not cause shaken baby syndrome.
A baby who has been shaken may:
Even if a baby looks normal right after the shaking, the baby may eventually have problems such as: