Following introduction of a simple shaken baby education program for new parents at Children's Hospital of Buffalo and other hospitals in western New York, the incidence of shaken baby syndrome and other inflicted head injuries dropped by 50% (Pedatrics, April 2005).
Seven states now have legislation that requires hospitals to offer new parents the opportunity to watch an educational video that not only discusses the consequences of shaking, but what they can do to help keep their child safe.
In view of the estimate that there are 1400 - 1600 cases of SBS and inflicted head injury that come to medical attention evey year (JAMA, August 2004), and a recent survey of parents indicated that 2.6% self-reported that a child under age 2 in their household had been shaken (Pediatrics, March 2005):
- do you believe that a education program for new parents based on the Buffalo model - which requires 7 minutes of a nurse's time - should be implemented in hospitals?
- do you believe that it is important for a SBS prevention program to focus on education that helps parents protect their child from injury?
- do you believe it is easier to implement a program which educates parents about safety and what they can do to protect their child or a program which educates parents about why they should not shake their baby?
- Do you believe nurses and hospital educators would be more willing to provide information "framed" as "injury prevention" or as "child abuse prevention"?
April 15 -21 has been designated by the US Senate and 10 states as "Shaken Baby Syndrome Awareness Week 2007"
Upstate NY SBS Prevention Project (Children's Hospital of Buffalo):
JCAHO article on SBS prevention in hospitals (2006):
Other resources, including NY SBS Week and general SBS awareness posters: