How is shaken baby syndrome (SBS) treated?

Shaken baby syndrome should be treated immediately. Parents or caregivers need to take the child for emergency medical attention as soon as they are aware that the baby has been shaken. The adults should also tell the healthcare provider that the baby has been shaken. Caregivers who are not telling the truth may say that the child has fallen.

Depending on how severe the symptoms are and the child’s condition, the child may need respiratory (breathing) support or surgery to stop bleeding in the brain.

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