Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is the result of violently shaking an infant.
- SBS is a leading type of child abuse in the United States
- 25% of SBS cases are fatal
- 80% of SBS victims who survive have permanent disabilities
SBS is preventable. By raising awareness and supporting caregivers, we can reduce these numbers.
Period of PURPLE Crying
Frustration with a baby’s crying is the top trigger for SBS. See our guidance to parents on how to care for a crying baby and how to care for their own wellbeing so they can react safely and appropriately.
The Period of PURPLE Crying is a framework for explaining infant crying to help parents and caregivers understand it and develop a plan for assessing and responding to a baby’s needs while attending to their own emotions.
|Peak of crying||Baby may cry more each week, with a peak in crying at 2 months old|
|Unexpected||Crying can come and go for no obvious reason|
|Resists soothing||Baby may keep crying no matter what you try|
|Pain-like face||Baby may look like they’re in pain when they aren’t|
|Long-lasting||Crying can last 5 or more hours a day|
|Evening||Baby may cry more in the afternoon and evening|