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What is Shaken Baby Syndrome?

Shaken Baby Syndrome – Abusive Head Trauma is a form of child abuse that includes a combination of brain injuries that result from violent shaking, with or without battering or other physical impact.

Each year, an estimated 1,400 cases occur resulting in approximately 600 infant fatalities due to violent shaking.

Over two-thirds of children identified with shaken baby injury die or suffer a permanent disability.

Protect and Comfort Infants

For over 10 years COCA has collaborated with the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome. To date we’ve:

  • Distributed 400,000 informational packets to parents of newborns in area hospitals.
  • Provided 300 special presentations to approximately 2,500 pregnant and parenting teens through high school programs.
  • Provided information and support through face-to-face contact with almost 2,000 mothers of newborns annually.
  • Advocated and helped introduce "Claire’s Law" (Ohio Senate Bill 144) which mandates education and recording of all Shaken Baby Syndrome cases.

Click here to view the Protect and Comfort Infants Fact Sheet


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