Shaken Baby Syndrome and Prevention - SBS Triggered by Reflux and Colic
Babies with reflux are at higher risk for SBS.
According to PAGER, the most common “triggering events” that lead to SBS are “excessive crying, vomiting, and refusing to eat” (www.reflux.org/reflux/paghomfa.nsf/pages/gersbs.htm). Sleep deprivation, an inability to stop a baby from crying, and increased physical response driven by those piercing cries can all contribute to frustration.
Remember that your baby is crying from pain and not behavioral issues. Learn to realize your triggers and seek help whenever possible. If all else fails, put the baby in the crib or other safe place and take a shower or go in another room for awhile. A break from the cries will help.
It’s also important to warn any potential caregivers that your baby has reflux so that they expect your baby to cry and vomit. Expecting that a baby will cry will help prevent caregivers from becoming frustrated or upset when it happens.
See www.dontshake.com for more information on Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Also read Shaken Baby Syndrome, a comprehensive, well written article by a child care professional that can help you develop a plan to soothe your baby and calm yourself.
Learn more about reflux and colic.
For more information on ways to cope with reflux, consult A Parent's Guide to Living With Infant Acid Reflux.
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