No one thinks they will shake their child. Yet, research shows crying has been identified as the leading trigger for moms, dads, loved ones and caregivers to violently shake their infant or small child. This is called Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), also known as Abuse Head Trauma (AHT).
At times, it's not just crying or fussy children who frustrate parents and caregivers. Perceived misbehavior or activities, such as toilet training, can be especially challenging for some and at times, no trigger is identified.
On this page, you'll find:
information on SBS and AHT
advice on coping with your own frustration and triggers
tips on soothing a crying child
where to get help in Virginia
Remember, it's never OK to shake an infant or small child.