Shaking The Baby
Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) or Battered Baby Syndrome is a form of child abuse that occurs when an abuser violently shakes an infant or small child, creating a whiplash-type motion that causes acceleration-deceleration injuries. The injury is estimated to affect between 1,200 and 1,600 children every year in the USA. It is common for there to be no external evidence of trauma.
The concept of SBS was initially described by Dr. John Caffey, a radiologist, in 1946 as “parent-infant stress syndrome”.
SBS is often fatal and can cause severe brain damage, resulting in lifelong disability. Estimated death rates (mortality) among infants with SBS range from 15 to 38%; the median is 20–25%. Up to half of deaths related to child abuse are reportedly due to shaken baby syndrome. Nonfatal consequences of SBS include varying degrees of visual impairment (including blindness), motor impairment (e.g. cerebral palsy) and cognitive impairments.
Often villanoeus or corrupt characters in video games will reference shaking babies. Only the most grim dark of games actually feature a character shaking an infant, and this sort of behaviour generally corrupts a character. The iPhone had a baby shaking app that was pulled back in late April for being tasteless. While it may be ammusing to think about shaking a baby simply because it is such a ridiculous thing, it does happen. You may think shaking a baby is ridiculous and find a lot of humor in it because of its sheer level of ridiculousness, but people do shake babies and the fact of the matter is that it is a serious thing.