Monday, 20 August 2007 02:08

Shaken Baby Syndrome to be Discussed in Local Event

slide6Every year an estimated 3,000 children are diagnosed with shaken baby syndrome (S-B-S). SBS is a serious traumatic brain injury caused when an individual shakes a child, usually less than one year of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics further defines SBS as an act "of shaking/slamming that is so violent that any competent individuals observing the shaking would recognize it was dangerous." 
Twenty-five percent of these children will die while 60 percent sustain permanent lifelong disabilities.. A moment of lost control by an adult caregiver all too often ends in this senseless tragedy for children, families and society. This week the Amador Mother’s Club, in conjunction with the Amador County Child Abuse and Prevention Council, will be holding an event that addresses the issues surrounding SBS, inclining its cause and prevention. The event is scheduled on Tuesday, August 21, 6:00 pm. at the United Methodist Church in Sutter Creek. This free event is open to the public and will be presented by guest speaker Robin Valencia from Amador County Child Abuse Prevention Council. A seven-minute video and demonstration doll will be used to show the effects of shaking a young child, plus time for discussion and questions. Everyone's encouraged to come to this informative event including dads, grandparents, babysitters, and older siblings. Free childcare is provided and there will be snacks! Please R.S.V.P. to Leslie Vasquez, Mother’s Club of Amador County Director, at 296-3750.