Oneof the questions that come to my mind after watching the video is thelevel of shaking that can cause the shaken baby syndrome? From anindividual`s perspective, I think the narrator and National ChildAbuse experts did not come out clear to address the above concern.The film mainly majors on the devastating effect of the condition onthe child and their family.
TheShaken baby syndrome can be the worst punishment that a child canexperience because of another person’s mistakes. The narratorshould have begun the film by illustrating the types of shaking thatcan cause the Shaken baby syndrome. Since the topic has already beencovered in the lecture readings, I had to re-visit my class notes tohave a full understanding of the issue.
Mishandlingof a child such as violent shaking can cause head swellings and thusdisorganization of essential brain components as is seen in Shakenbaby syndrome. Apart from the cases that have been discussed in thefilm, it is evident that there are several undocumented events whichhave resulted in similar conditions. My personal experience withsomeone with Shaken baby syndrome was in one television interview. Itwas shocking and heartbreaking seeing the kind of life that suchpeople live. Children suffering from this disease have to be helpedin almost every task, and since the disease in incurable, parents andrelatives have to learn to live with the child for the rest of theirlives.
Whenit comes to managing shaking baby syndrome, Barger recommends theKangaroo care approach. According to the author, Kangaroo carebenefits all children, especially those who are born vulnerable(Berger, 2003). From an individual’s perspective, this means beingextra careful and ensuring that children receive adequate care andsupport from the family members. Additionally, those whose childrenare suffering from shaken baby syndrome, need emotional and physicalsupport from friends and relatives. Young children tend to be veryvulnerable to infections. As a result, it is important that families`members offer emotional and physical support to both child and themother.
Berger,K. S. (2003). Thedeveloping person through childhood and adolescence.Macmillan.