In the May issue of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatric calls upon pediatricians to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of abusive head trauma. In addition to recognizing these symptoms, pediatricians should also know when to consult a specialist regarding treatment of these injuries. The AAP also recommends the use of the term “abusive head trauma” or AHT rather than the commonly-used term “shaken baby syndrome” to address any abusive injury inflicted, not just in shaking cases.
Shaking an infant may result in various brain injuries and other neurological problems. These injuries may affect the child throughout life. Some conditions that arise from shaking incidents include mental retardation, cerebral palsy, blindness and seizure disorders. Read more about the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new recommendations for recognizing these types of brain injuries.