Immediate Effects of Abusive Head Trauma on a Shaken Baby

Although there are many other side effects of shaken baby syndrome that may not be physical, the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome lists several of the physical consequences of abusive head trauma on its website.  Below are some of the immediate side effects or consequences of shaken baby syndrome

Immediate Effects:

  • difficulty breathing or no breathing at all
  • seizures
  • irritability (to the extreme)
  • weak limbs or rigidity in the arms and legs
  • vomiting
  • lack of consciousness or decrease in alertness
  • inability to swallow or suck
  • difficulty eating (poor feeding)
  • stopped heart
  • death.

For a list of some of the long-term consequences of shaken baby syndrome, click here.

As illustrated above, abusive head trauma is not to be taken lightly; it can result in serious side effects, even immediately.  On the other hand, some victims of shaken baby syndrome do not demonstrate signs of the condition right away.  No matter what, if you believe your child has been shaken, contact a physician immediately.  For more information on the condition or help receiving the best medical care for your child, feel free to contact child injury lawyer Chris Keane1-888-592-KIDS.
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