Navigation Links
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
Date:3/5/2009

Parents who are prepared for infant's crying bouts can maintain better control, studies say,,

THURSDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- An educational program for parents can help prevent shaken baby syndrome that's triggered by infant crying, according to American and Canadian studies.

"Typically, crying begins within two weeks of birth, so it's imperative that new parents receive information and learn coping strategies," Dr. Fred Rivara, an investigator at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, vice chairman of pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle and co-author of the U.S. study said in a university news release.

He and his colleagues tested an educational program called "The Period of PURPLE Crying," which includes a 12-minute DVD and information booklet. The program -- designed to teach parents that infant crying is normal and can be frustrating for caregivers -- identifies several behaviors as normal:

  • Crying increases, peaking in the second month, and then declines
  • Unexpected periods of prolonged crying occur
  • The infant is resistant to soothing
  • A pained look appears on the baby's face
  • Long crying bouts take place
  • Crying bouts cluster in the evening and late afternoon

The U.S. study included 2,738 mothers of new infants. Half of them received the PURPLE material, and the others were given information about infant safety. The mothers who received the PURPLE materials scored six points higher in knowledge about crying and one point higher in knowledge about shaking, were 6 percent more likely to share information with caregivers about how to cope with the frustration of infant crying and were 7 percent more likely to warn caregivers about the dangers of shaking, the study found.

In the Canadian study, mothers who received PURPLE materials scored six points higher in knowledge about crying; were 13 percent more likely to share information with caregivers about how to deal with infant crying, were 13 percent more likely to share information about the dangers of shaking and were about 8 percent more likely to share information about infant crying.

The U.S. study was published in the March issue of the journal Pediatrics, and the Canadian study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

"Changing knowledge is a critical first step in changing behavior, and this is important public health work because the results show it's possible to change people's ideas about crying," said Dr. Ronald Barr, the lead author of both studies. Barr is director of community child health at the Child & Family Research Institute and a professor of pediatrics at the University of British Columbia.

In the United States, about 1,300 infants are hospitalized or die from shaken baby syndrome each year, and about 80 percent of those who survive suffer brain injury, blindness and deafness, fractures, paralysis, cognitive and learning disabilities or cerebral palsy, according to background information in the news release.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about shaken baby syndrome.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: University of Washington-Harborview Medical Center, news release, March 2, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Blood-flow detector software show promise in preventing brain damage
2. Preventing variceal bleeding
3. OSHA Issues Draft Ergonomics Guidelines on Preventing Musculoskeletal Injuries in Shipyards
4. Preventing or reducing enlarged heart decreases risk of heart failure
5. Pill Equals Injection in Preventing Clots After Hip Replacement
6. Treating obstructive sleep apnea, preventing heart attacks and strokes
7. Preventing lung scarring may extend lives of lung cancer patients
8. Preventing or reducing enlarged heart may decrease risk for diabetes
9. Study shows drug effective in treating, preventing breast cancer
10. Good Hygiene Is Key to Preventing MRSA
11. Preventing Cancer, This Week on Your Cancer Today(TM)
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... Brenton Engineering , powered by ... flow wrapped products at WestPack 2015, February 9-11, in Anaheim, California. This new ... semi-automatic or fully-automatic case packing with a small footprint, rugged, highly flexible, and ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... Tingley Rubber ... Canada to provide its range of unique and advantaged protective solutions to ... that will provide bilingual customer service and marketing support. A new distribution center ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... The Bell Agency, a ... latest beneficiary of their ongoing community enrichment program. The current campaign fundraises for ... Donations are now being accepted at: http://www.angelsanddoves.com/donate.html . , Angels & Doves ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... helped raise $792,000 to help combat pancreatic cancer. , Gary D. Radine, who recently ... who also was the American Cancer Society’s 2015 CEO of the Year , ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... , ... Remember the old saying “rub some dirt on it”? Perhaps you ... “Calcium Bentonite Clay” the health benefits of integrating clay into a daily diet are ... A former motivational speaker, Perry A~ has since dedicated her life to learning about ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)... SAN DIEGO , Feb. 9, 2016 ... developing novel, clinical-stage therapies for sickle cell disease and heart ... common stock and warrants to purchase common stock in an ... other conditions, and there can be no assurance as to ... to the actual size or terms of the offering.   ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... LONDON , Feb. 9, 2016 Hearing ... amount of sound energy transmitted to the inner ear. ... and hearing bands. These devices are recommended for users ... eight hours. Earplugs refer to HPD that are inserted ... attenuation earplugs are designed to provide more natural sound ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... LONDON , Feb. 9, 2016 This ... surgical interventions, reported by the ICD-9 coding system in ... to the surgical procedure volumes, the report provides written ... and dynamics of the local markets. In addition, the latest ... --> --> The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: