CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011
SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME
ABUSIVE HEAD TRAUMA
It’s been reputed that in the human service profession language evolves to keep non-professionals aware that the same syndrome has numerous a.k.a.s.
Thus, when I read a news story on a man guilty of shaken baby syndrome (suffering neurological injuries after being shaken) I wasn’t surprised by the following statement: …the boy’s condition stems from biological factors and not Abusive Head Trauma, formerly called Shaken Baby Syndrome (italics mine).
Whether it is known as Shaken Baby Syndrome or Abusive Head Trauma, the five-month-old boy had injuries that included a “large amount of blood on his brain” and “significant bilateral retinal hemorrhages,” according to a report.
Although the defendant’s lawyer said We don’t believe right now they are injuries. ..We believe it’s illness…The baby, who returned home to his mother…is undergoing defense-ordered testing to determine the reason for his condition…