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Child Abuse

Shaking Babies and Abuse

04/21/2006

Question:

Some people say shaking babies isn't harmful to them. How many parents a year average shake their babies?

Answer:

Shaking a child is never good for him or her.  Shaking implies a violent physical act that has no role in the handling of infants or children of any age.

Severe shaking of a young child can result in injury to the child's brain.

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Response by:

Robert Shapiro, MD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati