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Shaken Baby Syndrome

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.


To request hard copies of any of the publications below, contact your local department of social services.

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