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American Academy of Pediatrics

The American Academy of Pediatrics supports any effort to prevent the frequency of Abusive Head Trauma and recognizes the value of continuing to use the term Shaken Baby Syndrome in this prevention effort.

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The World Health Organization

According to Dr. Kieran Moran, a forensic pediatrician at Sydney Children’s Hospital, children are victims of violent shaking especially in the first year of age as a result of inconsolable crying, which makes parents, and anyone caring for them, more frustrated.

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Centers for Disease Control

Abusive Head Trauma including Shaken Baby Syndrome is a serious form of preventable childhood physical abuse that results in brain injury to an infant or young child. This syndrome is most prevalent among children under 5 years old, and the risk is greatest for children in the first year of life. Shaken Baby Syndrome is caused by violent shaking or a sharp blow.

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The Royal College of Ophtalmologists and The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

A child with suspected abusive head injury, after being examined by the pediatrician, should be referred to the ophthalmologist. The incidence of abusive head injuries in children is highest in the first years of age and less frequent from the age of 3 years. The probability of retinal hemorrhage attributable to abusive head injury is very high.

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French Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Of Shaken Baby Syndrome, mostly children under the age of one year are victims. It is estimated that 180 to 200 children/year are victims of this type of abuse in France, although this figure is certainly underestimated. However, failing to diagnose Shaken Baby Syndrome means increasing the likelihood of its recurrence.

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