Posted by: Eds | 2013/01/09


Shaken baby syndrome from rough play?

We left our 11 month old daughter in the care of our maid last night. When we got back, the baby was asleep, but woke up, and she seemed fine, doing her normal actions, babbling, talking, crawling, trying to stand etc. However, we viewed a video made earlier in the evening (long story, we weren''t spying, it was a coincidence) and saw the maid had baby on her back, and was jumping around playing a video game. The baby was asleep, and her neck was unsupported and her head was thrown forwards at least once while on maid''s back while maid was jumping, based on what we saw on the video. Maid seemed unaware, and when confronted this morning, said she thought neck was supported. There is absolutely zero chance that maid''s actions were deliberate.

The baby seems fine this morning, though we will monitor her. We have spoken to the maid about not being rough while carrying baby on her back. Should we see a paediatrician? Is there a risk of subtle brain/learning impairment at some point from Shaken Baby Syndrome? What should we look out for?

Expert's Reply



This is a very interesting question. With the shaken baby syndrome infants are by violently shaken and this is done several times. Your baby was on your nanny's back and at most her head moved when she jumped. Her head would hopefully have been cushioned by the nanny's body. So it seems unlikely that any harm was done. You should watch for any signs of vomiting, drowsiness,food refusal and irritability. If any signs like this should occur take your baby to your paediatrician.

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