Nov. 22, 2010 – A year after Memorial Hospital for Children launched a program aimed at preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome, statistics show lower rates of head trauma cases among babies Memorial.
On Aug. 1, 2009, Memorial began showing new parents a video on the dangers of shaking a baby. A nurse stays in the room while the video is playing and is available to answer questions. Parents receive a certificate and materials about resources that are available in southern Colorado.
After one year, the number of cases of abusive head trauma among children ages 4 and under who were born at Memorial dropped 63 percent from the average number in the two previous years.
“These are promising (numbers). I’m looking forward to time proving that it makes a difference,’’ said Sally Duncan, Memorial’s trauma outreach and injury prevention specialist.
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