Pediatric abusive head trauma – usually caused by the violent shaking of a baby – is a leading cause of child abuse deaths in children under 5. With education and awareness, these cases are preventable.
Many caregivers aren’t prepared to deal with the frustration of an inconsolable baby but can learn coping techniques. Likewise, parents can take simple steps to ensure their babies are safe while asleep.
Soon, Kentucky parents will view a safety video about these topics before leaving the hospital with a newborn. Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, WellCare of Kentucky and the Kentucky Hospital Association are jointly producing the video.