Head Injury and Shaking a Baby

Babies’ heads are easily damaged, and their neck muscles are not strong enough to control the movement of the head. Shaking or throwing a baby can cause the head to jerk back and forth. This can make the skull hit the brain with force, causing brain damage, serious vision problems, or even death.

Head Injury and Shaking a Baby

Head Injury and Shaking a Baby

Babies' heads are easily damaged, and their neck muscles are not strong enough to control the movement of the head. Shaking or throwing a baby can cause the head to jerk back and forth. This can make the skull hit the brain with force, causing brain damage, serious vision problems, or even death.

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Current as ofJune 26, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

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