Thursday, November 20, 2014

Since 1998, The Shaken Baby Alliance has been providing SUPPORT for families and professionals, PREVENTION of child abuse, and JUSTICE for the innocent victims.

Research has shown that “parents who have knowledge of parenting skills and child development, and who have concrete supports and social connections have much more successful outcomes for their children. “ (Strengthening Families and Communities, Children’s Bureau, 2009 Resource Guide)  With this in mind, The Shaken Baby Alliance has several
prevention tools available for parents, child care providers, educators, and other concerned individuals. 

Caring for children is a tough job and while very rewarding, it can also be overwhelming at times.  For parents and other caregivers, sometimes just having someone to talk to about a situation helps get us through the crisis moment.  Remember, it is okay to let a baby cry.  If you feel overwhelmed and out of control, put the baby in a SAFE place (crib, swing, car seat on a hard surface) and walk away.  Give yourself some time, and when you feel under control, try to soothe the baby again.  Babies cry…that’s what they do.  Your job is to cope.

NEVER shake a baby!

Many families who have experienced the abuse of their child find themselves wondering “why” and looking for ways to bring awareness about Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma or other forms of child abuse.  Just like the co-founders of The Shaken Baby Alliance, they want to take a tragic event and make something positive come out of it.  Telling your child’s story to audiences including pregnant/parenting teens, young adults, child care providers, church and civic groups is a great way to bring awareness to this devastating form of child abuse.  Please see The Shaken Baby Alliance prevention tools for more information. 

Who needs prevention education?

The short answer is everyone.  Anyone who cares for a child needs to know how to cope with crying, basic child development, and finally, that it is okay to take a break when one becomes frustrated.

A study by Suzanne Starling, M.D. reported that caregivers inflict SBS injuries at the following rates:

                        Biological Father. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37%

                        Boyfriends and Mothers . . . . . . . . . . . . .21%

                        Female Child Care Providers . . . . . . . . 17%

                        Mothers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13%

                        Others . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12%

Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma is a tragedy that we can prevent!  We need your help in educating everyone about this form of child abuse.

New in the Senate 2010!!

Senate Passes Dodd Resolution Designating National Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness Week
This week, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT)
Designating the third week of April 2010 as “National Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness Week”.
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) joined Dodd in authoring and introducing the resolution.

“Last year, nearly 95,000 children under the age of 1 were victims of abuse and neglect,” said Dodd.

“One form of this abuse is Shaken Baby Syndrome, which often results in severe injury, lifelong Disability, and even death.

In recognition of the need to eliminate child abuse and to raise awareness about the issue,
the month of April has been designated “National Child Abuse Prevention Month”, an annual tradition that was
Initiated in 1979 by former President Jimmy Carter.

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