Prevent shaken baby syndrome, which can lead to severe, even fatal consequences.
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Shaken Baby Syndrome Dr. Travis Stork: So you and I, we’ve seen this Dr. Jim Sears: Yeah we’ve seen this in the E.R. and then they come in and parents they just lose their cool and it’s just terrible that this happens. Dr. Travis Stork: And literally it can take one shake you know and the baby can suffer serious… Dr. Jim Sears: Serious brain damage. Dr. Travis Stork: Serious brain damage. Dr. Jim Sears: And this simulator can show you how that brain damage can happen. As the baby starts to cry, as the care giver if you don’t keep your cool you’ll lose that, you’ll lose that frustration. And with a bit of forceful shaking, you can see the back of the brain starts to light up. That indicates this baby who’s shaken like that will probably have a visual problem because this part of the brain controls vision. And if shaking continues, the front part of the brain lights up and the baby there would have behavior problems, developmental problems, things like that. Basically the baby’s head is accelerating, decelerating in that’s figure eight motion and that really produces a lot of force. And what happens in the brain when this happens is you get different parts of the brain moving opposite direction, you’ll get a shearing force which can tear the neurons, the cells in the brain and that actually can also tear small blood vessels which then lead to bleeding which is very, very serious. Dr. Travis Stork: The eyes? Dr. Jim Sears: The eyes from all those shearing forces, the back and forth motion causes the lining of the eye, the retina to kind of separate from the back and some of the small blood vessels tear and could cause what’s called the retinal hemorrhage. And that’s a huge sign of child abuse. I wish this is something we would never see but unfortunately it is. Dr. Travis Stork: Yeah there is no worst call for pediatrician or any other doctor to make in the child protective services or worse yet after a death from shaking baby or other trauma.