Shaken Baby Syndrome is defined as an inflicted traumatic brain injury. It is caused by someone vigorously shaking a child. Infants are at particular risk for injury because their neck muscles aren't well developed and are not strong enough to support their heads.
The forcefulness of the shaking causes the brain to move back and forth within the skull. This in turn results in the rupturing of blood vessels and nerves within the brain. It may also cause a shearing effect when the outer tissue of the brain becomes detached and bruised or begins to bleed. Victims of Shaken Baby Syndrome often are inflicted with other injuries such as broken arms or legs, retinal hemorrhage, broken ribs, and bruising around the chest and abdomen.
Statistics show that most victims of Shaken Baby Syndrome are male infants. This act of violence usually happens to infants under the age of one year. The perpetrators tend to be men (fathers, step-fathers, or boyfriends of the child's mother) in their early to mid-twenties. But not all perpetrators are men. Mothers rank second and female babysitters rank third.
It is estimated that approximately 1,300 children under the age of one die each year from abusive head trauma. It is not known the exact number of those children who have suffered from Shaken Baby Syndrome. However, we at Bryson's Time Out Take Ten believe that if one has died, then that has been one too many.
However, there are children who survive Shaken Baby Syndrome. These children most often have to live with one or more of the following: partial or total blindness, hearing loss, seizures, developmental delays, impaired intellect, speech and learning difficulties, problems with memory and attention, severe mental retardation, cerebral palsy. The cost for continued rehabilitation and medical services for these children can be very expensive even into their adult age.
Shaken Baby Syndrome is 100% preventable. In order to prevent, we must educate and bring awareness to the dangers of shaking.
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Bryson James Clardy was born September 28, 2010. He was a healthy and beautiful, blue-eyed baby boy. On Valentine's Day, February 14, 2011, Bryson James Clardy lost his life when he was just four-months-old. Bryson was left in the care of his father while his mother went to work. Bryson was a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
To honor Bryson's memory, Bryson's Time Out Take Ten (aka, T.O.T. 10) was born through the honest efforts of concerned individuals that this event should never be repeated. Our goal is to provide education and training to parents, grandparents, childcare providers and teenagers throughout Southwest Indiana and vacinity bringing awareness to Shaken Baby Syndrome. This is done through hands-on demonstrations, video, and other learning materials.
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Bryson's Time Out Take Ten, Inc. is a non-profit organization relying on grants and the donations from people like you. We have been approved as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service. Donations are tax deductible and will be put to good use in expanding our organization's initiative. Your gift can be mailed to Bryson's Time Out Take Ten, P.O. Box 28, Mount Vernon, IN 47620. Or, for your convenience, use PayPal.