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What is the prognosis of Shaken Baby Syndrome?

Other Diseases By Editorial Team , National Institute of Health / Jul 19, 2010
What is the prognosis of Shaken Baby Syndrome?

In comparison with accidental traumatic brain injury in infants, shaken baby injuries have a much worse prognosis.  Damage to the retina of the eye can cause blindness.  The majority of infants who survive severe shaking will have some form of neurological or mental disability, such as cerebral palsy or mental retardation, which may not be fully apparent before 6 years of age. Children with shaken baby syndrome may require lifelong medical care.

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