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Frustration with crying is the #1 reason why babies and young children are shaken and injured.

Stay cool. 

Prevent Child Abuse – Indiana, Indiana Youth Services Association and The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis are joining forces to raise awareness about child abuse prevention and shaken baby syndrome, or “abusive head trauma”, reaching out to men this football season and talking about ways to relieve frustration and build stronger bonds with the little one.

Frustration with crying is the number one reason why babies and young children are shaken. Babies cry…be cool; be calm; call someone if you need to.  Take a time out, but don’t take it out on a baby.

Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), a form of abusive head trauma (AHT) and inflicted traumatic brain injury (ITBI), is a preventable and severe form of physical child abuse. It results from violently shaking an infant by the shoulders, arms, or legs. SBS may result from both shaking alone or from impact (with or without shaking). The resulting whiplash effect can cause bleeding within the brain or the eyes.

Nearly all victims of SBS suffer serious health consequences and at least one of every four babies who are violently shaken dies from this form of child maltreatment.

*   Abusive head trauma is the leading cause of physical child abuse deaths in the United States.

*   Babies less than one year old are at greatest risk of injury from abusive head trauma.

*   The most common trigger for abusive head trauma is inconsolable or excessive crying.

Roy’s dad is a “guy’s guy”, and like some guys, he didn’t always feel prepared to care for little Roy. Roy’s dad sometimes feels very frustrated when the little guy starts whining or crying non-stop (as many babies do!)

But, ‘Big Roy’ realized this little dude is going to be his life-long buddy. The two will hang out and play video games, or basketball, or whatever – together. So, instead of losing his temper, Roy’s dad focuses on staying cooooool.

Now, when Roy cries, his dad takes the time-out from video games and spends time with Roy, playing the role of ‘Dad’. They go to the kitchen and make something to eat – (like an empanada) – or go on a walk outside. Only one of them can be the child, and Big Roy realizes it’s more fun when he stays calm and gets to BE A COOL DAD!

Roy is a cool kid… but he is like all babies and can be very demanding sometimes. His dad can become very frustrated when Roy starts crying and doesn’t stop, especially when his dad is trying to do something else (like play video games!)

Roy turns that frown upside down almost every time his dad starts playing with him! Babies like attention, just as much as eating and having a clean diaper! There is always a reason Roy cries or whines, usually it’s because he’s trying to tell Dad something. But, sometimes, he just cries because he feels like it – because that’s what babies do! In reality, Roy is training his dad how to stay calm and be cool, so his dad will be ready for the REAL adventures they’ll have for the rest of their lives!)

Hanging out, eating, playing or taking walks with his dad will help Roy grow up to BE A COOL DAD, too!

 

Downloadable Info

Wait A Minute! Abusive Head Trauma and Shaken Infant Syndrome Brochure – English and Spanish

 

 

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