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
  • 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.