Shaken Baby Syndrome and Morbid Crying and Colic
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What is Shaken Baby Syndrome?
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Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is a” constellation of medical findings (often referred to as a “triad”): subdural hematoma, retinal bleeding, and brain swelling from which physicians, consistent with current medical understanding, infer child abuse caused by violent shaking. In a majority of cases there is no visible sign of external injury.??The?Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies SBS as “an injury to the skull or intracranial contents of an infant or young child (< 5 years of age) due to inflicted blunt impact and/or violent shaking”.
- Caregivers that are at risk for becoming abusive often have unrealistic expectations of the child and may display “role reversal”, expecting the child to fulfill the needs of the caregiver. Substance abuse?and emotional stress, resulting for example from financial troubles, are other risk factors for aggression and impulsiveness in caregivers.?
- “An infant with colic may affect family stability and be a cause of short-term anxiety or depression in the mother, exhaustion and stress in the parents, severe marital discord, postpartum depression, early termination of breastfeeding, frequent visits to doctors, maternal smoking, and over a quadrupling of excessive laboratory tests and prescription of medication for acid reflux”.
Babies with colic may be exposed to abuse, especially shaken baby syndrome…
- Treatment for SBS involves monitoring?intracranial pressure that could increase in the pressure of fluid?or blood in the brain.
- Management of colic is generally conservative and involves the reassurance of parents. Swaddling tight and calming soothing voice, eye contact and talking to the baby might help. No medication found to be effective.
Is It Stress in Parents and Caregivers?
When we hear a heart breaking news that a child had been abused by shaking and resulted to either disability or death?is just unacceptable to think. We hear this often in the news and many involves younger parents (though not all) and caregivers who are struggling themselves in managing their own stressful and complicated life they live in, and so much more coupled with problems of a constantly crying child.
Parenting is such a beautiful experience for couples who are ready and wanting to have a child. It is a joy to have one, and no matter what the course this child is going through, responsible parents always put the health and well being of the child first. That means when a baby is sick, responsible parents put out everything just for the child to be attended first. Responsible parents handle stressful situations in the most acceptable manner and ways; seeking doctor’s opinions and advices and looking for alternative ways when there is no medication available.
On the other hand, mostly young, teenaged, irresponsible and uncaring parents and caregivers take the issue of good parenting to a side. They cater to their own personal issues first than prioritizing the child’s need. For a little stressful event, they can snap quickly unable to cope with the problem because of their lack of adaptedness and lack of knowledge and education on how to handle the situation in an acceptable manner.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach – How acupressure may prevent shaken baby syndrome by treating infantile colic..
Going back to history more than 2,500 years ago, the Chinese started using a technique to stop morbid crying and night time crying by manipulating certain body points using a master point and supplemental points. It involve techniques that clears the channels or meridians of qi (called vital energy, or source of life) when it is blocked that caused the symptom. Manipulations are applied to certain points similar to acupuncture points and this technique is called tui na or acupressure. By manipulations, blocked qi is cleared and harmony is restored leading to relief of constant crying.
To learn 12 Acupressure Points for Infantile Colic, go to Acupressure Self Help Guide
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