Non Accidental Head Injuries
Coping with an baby who cries inconsolably for prolonged periods can be extremely frustrating, particularly when you are tired and have no-one to help. Such situations can often occur at night.
The parenting charity Cry-sis provide a 7-day per week help-line from 9am to 10pm on 08451 228 669 for parents who need support.
The national charity family lives also has a free 24-hour helpline (0808 800 2222) for information and support on any parenting issue, including crying babies.
Non Accidental Head Injuries (which used to be referred to as Shaken Baby Syndrome) can involve serious brain damage that occurs to a baby as a consequence of rough or violent handling, causing abusive head trauma (AHT). Babies most at risk are between 3-8 months of age. AHT often causes irreversible damage. In the worst cases, children die due to their injuries.
Children who survive may have:
- partial or total blindness
- hearing loss
- developmental delays
- impaired intellect
- speech and learning difficulties
- problems with memory and attention
- severe mental retardation
- cerebral palsy
Even in milder cases, in which babies looks normal immediately after the shaking, they may eventually develop one or more of these problems
The NSPCC has produced a leaflet advising parents on how to cope with the frustration of a crying baby. A link to download the leaflet can be found below.