Evaluation of Mothers Knowledge about Shaken Baby Syndrome

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Emad Maaroof Thakir
Luay Farhood Jumaah
Mohammed I. Younis


Abusive head trauma, shaken baby syndrome, motherhood.


Abusive head trauma (AHT), often known as shaken baby syndrome (SBS), is a type of brain damage induced by violent shaking in newborns and young children. SBS can be caused by shaking, dropping,or tossing a child. Anger directed towards a baby's caregiver who cries in an unfamiliar way is a common cause of shaking. As a result, parents and other newborn caregivers must monitor their own stress levels and establish good coping techniques. Shaken baby syndrome (SBS), a type of traumatic brain trauma, can occur when an infant is violently shaken. The goal of this study is to find out how much parents know about shaking baby syndrome. Participants in this study will be parents of infants under the age of a year. A survey was distributed to parents with newborns and toddlers. Questionnaires were distributed to participants after they provided informed consent. The questionnaires contained questions about age, education, nationality, and family size. Baby events throughout the first year of life, awareness of the risk of shaking your child during the first year, and familiarity with the phrase shaking baby syndrome were all included in SBS knowledge assessment questions. The sample size was limited to 200 participants. 60% of the population was under the age of 40, according to the demographic breakdown. Illiteracy affected 12% of the population. 56.6 percent of those experienced with SBS claimed they had shaken their baby to calm them down within the first year of life. Sixty-seven percent of parents interviewed claimed to being unaware of the risks of shaking a newborn during the first year of life. Furthermore, roughly 70% indicated they had never heard of SBS.

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