Common Signs of Shaken Baby Syndrome
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
Lethargy or poor muscle tone
Inability to follow movements with eyes
No smiling or vocalization (cooing, gurgling, etc.)
Seizures or convulsions, rolling eyes or eyes upward into head
Pale or blueish skin
Loss of consciousness or coma
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.