When a local parent made local news headlines last year for shaking his four-month-old hard enough to induce a coma, conversations turned to the importance of educating parents and caregivers about Shaken Baby Syndrome and we had the opportunity to feature our RealCare Shaken Baby simulator the parenting program “Moms Everyday.” Last week, local news outlets reported that the parent had pleaded guilty to felony child abuse, and we were reminded once again of the importance of education as a means to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome and child abuse.
Shaken Baby Syndrome is 100% preventable. A key aspect of prevention is increasing awareness of the potential dangers of shaking, and tools like our Shaken Baby simulator can help. Designed to show how quickly brain damage can occur after just a few seconds of shaking an infant, this electronic simulator cries inconsolably and when shaken, accelerometers inside its head show damage to specific brain areas in real time.
Together, we can make parents and caregivers aware of the dangers of shaking infants and prevent more tragedies like this from occurring.