Shaken Baby Syndrome


Never Shake a Baby


At least one baby is shaken every week in Wisconsin.  According to the national Shaken Baby Alliance, 25% of shaken babies die.  Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is a serious neurological injury or damage to a child’s brain. It is usually accompanied by bleeding behind the eyes and sometimes by other injuries. The damage to the brain is the result of a child’s head being whiplashed back and forth by a violent shaking, and sometimes by the head also being forcefully struck against something.  Shaken baby syndrome can occur from as little as 5 seconds of shaking.  The majority of the survivors have moderate to severe, long-term disabilities.

Wisconsin law mandates that child care providers receive training in identification, prevention, and the grave effects of shaking babies.  With training and community support for caretakers, SBS is completely preventable.

The law requires training for all child care providers who care for children under 5 years of age, and teaching staff in school board-contracted centers who are licensed to care for children under 5 years of age.  The law covers employees, substitutes, volunteers, assistants, and everyone else who works directly with children 5 years of age and younger. Although the majority of children who are shaken are infants, training is mandatory for child care providers who work with children up to 5 years of age because there are cases of children up to 48 months who have been shaken, and children with disabilities are especially vulnerable at any age.
Child care providers are a critical resource in caring for children. Childcaring supports child care programs and families in Central Wisconsin by providing SBS Prevention training.  Up to half of deaths related to child abuse are reportedly due to Shaken Baby Syndrome.  SBS is tragic, but it is also preventable.  If you or someone you know needs additional information about how to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome please call Childcaring, Inc. at:  800-628-8534 or on the web at



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