shaken baby syndrome


shak·​en baby syndrome ˈshā-kən- How to pronounce shaken baby syndrome (audio)
: one or more of a group of symptoms (as limb paralysis, epilepsy, vision loss, or intellectual disability) that tend to occur in an infant which has been severely shaken but that may also result from other actions (as tossing) causing internal trauma (as hemorrhage, hematoma, or contusions) especially to the brain region, and that may ultimately result in the death of the infant

called also shaken infant syndrome

compare battered child syndrome

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“Shaken baby syndrome.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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