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Shaken Baby?

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  • Posted By: gjanicoman
  • July 8, 2008
  • 09:10 AM

Hi.. i am worried.. while picking up my newborn ..I almost fell which caused me to pick her up quicker than usual.

i have hands supporting her neck and head but i sort of stumbled and sort of picked her up rather quick .. from the crib to my shoulder.... in one direction... about 30cm/second
i regained my footing and it was fine...
will this sudden increase in velocity cause any harm to the baby? her neck was supported all the while and the head did not shake.
more of a G-force thingy ...

Thanks!!!

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  • Hi there, Babies are tougher than u think, & shaken baby syndrome happens more from continual violent shaking, i dont think one jolt would do serious harm, especially as u where supporting babies head. When my own daughter was new born, she was sleeping but i couldnt see or hear her breathe, i couldnt see any movement, i twiddled her eyelashs & she didnt move, i panicked & grabbed her up quickly....anyway, she was okay & just sound asleep but it scared me, i then felt id grabbed her up too quickly, then worried about it and sat & cryed....new mums do worry, its natural. Anyway, she was okay & it didnt bother her at all, she continued sleeping. I dont think u have anything to worry about. I take it that baby has been okay since ?
    Tootsie 628 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi there, Babies are tougher than u think, & shaken baby syndrome happens more from continual violent shaking, i dont think one jolt would do serious harm, especially as u where supporting babies head. When my own daughter was new born, she was sleeping but i couldnt see or hear her breathe, i couldnt see any movement, i twiddled her eyelashs & she didnt move, i panicked & grabbed her up quickly....anyway, she was okay & just sound asleep but it scared me, i then felt id grabbed her up too quickly, then worried about it and sat & cryed....new mums do worry, its natural. Anyway, she was okay & it didnt bother her at all, she continued sleeping. I dont think u have anything to worry about. I take it that baby has been okay since ?Thanks!!! That really took a load off my shoulder....Baby has been fine since ... even that "jolt" didnt scare her too much...she's been feeding non-stop...will post updates....Does Shaken Baby syndrome happen when the baby's head actually flips flops back and forth at the neck ?anyways.. i do hope my baby charlotte is fine...http://www.charlotteprincess.blogspot.com
    gjanicoman 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Ooooh what a little cutie, congratulations she's beautiful, enjoy everyday as they grow up so fast. Bless !:) Being a new mum u do worry so much, its normal, just try to relax & enjoy ur beautiful daughter. Shaken baby syndrome is caused by violent shaking backwards & forwards, which causes babys brain to crash into the scull, or a hard impact fall can cause this also, it causes damage to the brain which causes swelling & bleeding. I think if this was done violently supporting babies head would not be an issue, damage could be done. But really i dont think u have anything to worry about, a one off jolt when trying to save urself from falling is unlikely to cause such damage. Babies & toddlers will grow up with many a bump from normal falls due to learning to walk & toddling about, they are much tougher than u think. So relax, ur a new mum & like all new mums u want to protect ur baby girl & worry about any harm befalling her, its normal. Enjoy :)
    Tootsie 628 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello, I did something similar to my boy when he was a newborn, but I did it in anger and now, when he's 4,5 month I just feel horrible, cant forgive myself and am afraid I hurted him. I picked him up violently from the crib a couple of times. I havent noticed anything strange in his behaviour since then but this really scares me. Of course his head and neck were fully supported. Do you think that I could do any harm to him by my stupid reactions?
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