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Shaken Baby Syndrome - Intervention Strategies

The Facts: What You Need to Know About Shaken Baby Syndrome

1. SBS results from violently shaking an infant by the:

A. Shoulders

B. Arms

C. Legs

D. Any of the above


2. SBS may result from both shaking alone or from impact, with or without shaking.

A. True

B. False


3. Jogging an infant on a knee or tossing him or her in the air can be very risky and the injuries that result from SBS may be caused by these types of activities.

A. True

B. False


4. SBS can potentially result in all of the following, except:

A. Blindness

B. Deafness

C. Cerebral palsy

D. Spasticity


5. Which of the following factors increase an infant’s risk of being shaken?

A. Being less than 1 year of age.

B. Infant prematurity or disability.

C. Being one of a multiple birth.

D. All of the above.


Getting Started: Working Towards Success

6. Which type of strategies are aimed at changing parents’ or caregivers’ knowledge and skills?

A. Individual-level strategies

B. Relationship-level strategies

C. Community-level strategies

D. Societal-level strategies


7. Which of the following is a common prevention strategy?

A. Coordinated hospital-based primary prevention programs targeting parents of newborns.

B. Home visits for new parents.

C. Anticipatory guidance at well-baby visits in pediatric practice and/or health clinics.

D. All of the above.


Getting the Message Out: The Right Message, Right Person, Right Time

8. To prevent child maltreatment, it is important to focus on making people aware of what to normally expect as a child develops, how to support parents, and steps they can take in different situations.

A. True

B. False


9. Because crying is one of the primary triggers for shaking a baby, messages that teach how to cope with crying may be most effective.

A. True

B. False


10. Babies cry most between:

A. 0 and 2 months

B. 2 and 4 months

C. 4 and 6 months

D. 6 and 8 months


11. Prolonged, inconsolable crying generally lessens when babies are around 12 months old.

A. True

B. False


12. Most babies who cry a great deal are healthy and stop crying spontaneously.

A. True

B. False


13. Signs of illness or discomfort are all of the following, except:

A. Diaper rash

B. Fever

C. Vomiting

D. Tight clothing


14. When a parent or caregiver is feeling frustrated, angry, or stressed while caring for a baby, they should put the baby in a crib on his or her stomach and then walk away for a bit, checking on him or her every 5 to 10 minutes.

A. True

B. False


15. It is not always possible to console a crying infant.

A. True

B. False


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