Handle With Care

August 28, 2017

26RShaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is a type of abusive head injury that happens when a caregiver shakes a baby, usually to make him or her stop crying.


  • Baby’s head makes up about 25% of their body
  • Baby’s neck muscles are weak
  • There is space between baby’s skull and brain

What happens when baby is shaken?

Baby’s head and neck flop around and baby’s brain is smashed against baby’s skull, causing injury to:

  1. The back of the brain (vision)
  2. The front of the brain (memory and emotion)
  3. The middle of the brain (movement of the arms and legs, speech and the ability to process what has been heard)

The period of PURPLE crying is used to describe the time in a baby’s life where they cry more than any other time.  The period of purple crying starts at about 2 weeks of age and may continue until about 6 months.  All babies go through this – but some may cry more than others.


A crying baby can make anyone upset.  Here are some ideas to help you calm down.  Put baby in a safe place and…

  • Take a shower
  • Exercise
  • Count to 100
  • Read
  • Squeeze something soft, such as a pillow
  • Do a crossword puzzle
  • Write down the 5 best things about yourself or your baby
  • Call someone you trust for support and help – Family, friends or Healthline 811