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Shaken Baby Syndrome/ Abusive Head Trauma

Prevention Programs

for Healthcare Providers

A baby brings an unlimited amount of love, joy and happiness into a new parents life. Unfortunately a baby can also bring a lot of stress. As healthcare providers you need to talk with these parents about the stress of a newborn, and what to do at 2:30 am when the baby has been crying non-stop for hours and they have tried everything and nothing works. New parents often lack the skills to quiet a crying infant and often need to hear from a trusted healthcare provider how to safely care for an crying infant and that it is ok to put that baby down and walk away.

The past few years have shown an alarming increase in the number of Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) victims, formerly known as "Shaken Baby Syndrome" (SBS). The cause of this increase is not clear and most likely due to a number of factors. In an effort to impact on this trend, Dr. Patno Clinical Director of the Child Protection Program of Vermont,  Laura Murphy, MD and Kay Shangraw, RN of Prevent Child Abuse Vermont  initiated in 2009  two free prevention programs. Our hospital program is modeled after the Mark Dias study which provides the first firm evidence that a comprehensive program of hospital-based, parent education at the time of a child’s birth can reduce effectively the incidence of infant abusive head injuries

Hospital Based Training

for Birthing Center Nurses

This anticipatory guidance will center on infant crying and how to cope.  OB nurses will receive information and materials needed to council parents on SBS, the causes and outcomes. Nurses will have the opportunity to view the new parent contract and ask questions and voice concerns they may have with imitating this new prevention project.

 Office Based Training 

for Primary Care Providers

The training will help primary care providers recognize risk factors for AHT; train primary care providers on doing effective anticipatory guidance around the issue of infant crying; offer suggestions on how to document their efforts on the medical record; and give primary care providers resources for referral.  The training will follow the anticipatory guidelines outlined in Bright Futures.

Trainings for students, parents, caregivers, grandparents and community members are also offered.