20 ‘shaken babies’ die each year: report

As many as 20 infants unnecessarily die in Australia each year from child abuse head injuries.

“Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) in infants is caused by aggressive behaviour or violent shaking (shaken baby syndrome),” one of the study authors said.

Symptoms include vomiting, poor feeding, fever, irritability, lethargy, bruising, swelling and bone fractures. Research found a third of all infants suffering from AHT died as a result of their injuries.

A current study into Abusive Head Trauma in children aged two years and under is believed to be the first of its kind in Australia.

Read more at The University of Queensland

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