Officials aren’t quite sure why, but cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome are on this rise in Vermont. Prevent Child Abuse Vermont started keeping track of cases in the fall of 2007. Since then, there have been 19 cases. Six have resulted in the death of an infant.
Kay Shangraw is a registered nurse and she’s also the program’s Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Coordinator. Shangraw visited us in our VPR studios to speak with Mitch Wertlieb. Shangraw described the injuries seen from abusive head trauma-the medical term for what can happen from less than ten seconds of shaking.
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