Shaken Baby Impact Syndrome Symptoms

Many incidents of Shaken Baby Impact Syndrome are not reported out of fear.
It is important to seek immediate and early medical attention.

Symptoms of SBIS:

  • Head turned to one side
  • Unable to lift or turn head
  • Pinpointed, dilated, or unequal size pupils
  • Blood pooling in the eyes
  • Pupils unresponsive to light
  • Bulging or spongy forehead
  • No smiling or vocalization
  • Poor sucking or swallowing
  • Rigidity
  • Semi-consciousness, lethargy, or decreased muscle tone
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures or spasms
  • Swollen head, which may appear later

SBIS Can Be Lethal

  • 1 in 4 babies die from the injuries
  • Those who survive may suffer
    • blindness caused by bleeding around the brain and eyes
    • disabling brain damage including mental illness (mild to severe)
    • paralysis
    • seizure disorder
    • speech and learning disabilities
    • neck and back damage
    • dislocated bones

Serious complications and even DEATH can be avoided if you seek medical assistance immediately.

Warning Signs of Injury of Shaken Baby Impact Syndrome

  • Poor Feeding/Eating
  • Cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Vomiting
  • Failure to thrive
  • Pale or blush skin
  • Irritability
  • Seizures
  • Lethargic
  • Coma

If you suspect your baby is a victim of Shaken Baby Impact Syndrome, do not delay.
Call 911 and get your baby to the emergency room right away.