Nebraska DHHS begins education campaign to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome

July 25, 2018

LINCOLN - Between 2010 and 2016, eleven babies died in Nebraska because of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

A newly launched campaign run by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services wants to reduce that number to zero. Program coordinator Jackie Moline says Shaken Baby Syndrome should never happen.

“First of all, Abusive Head Trauma or Shaken Baby Syndrome is 100% preventable.” says Moline. “It’s 100% preventable.”

Moline says the Abusive Head Trauma/ Shaken Baby Syndrome Campaign, sponsored by the Nebraska DHHS and affiliated groups, aims to get state hospitals to enroll in an education campaign informing patients and staff about the syndrome. Additionally, she says if hospitals complete steps dictated by the campaign, they can earn certification and be declared Prevention Hospital Champions.

Eleven state hospitals have already enrolled.

Shaken Baby Syndrome is the result of an individual being too rough with an infant, usually out of frustration.

“Besides just shaking, it could be trauma to the baby,” warns Moline. Even pushing an infant too roughly could even set off the syndrome. “It could be just about anything that could cause that trauma,” she adds.

For more information about Shaken Baby Syndrome, visit the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome website.