The Problems, Alarms and Psychological Issues of Shaken
Losing Patience: The Problems, Alarms and Psychological Issues of Shaken Baby Syndrome
by James Peinkofer, LCSW
All it takes is two or three violent shakes, in a little as five
seconds, by an angry parent or caregiver to punish or quiet a
crying child. Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is the leading cause
of abuse-related deaths among infants. Nearly one-third of shaken
babies die, with as high as 80 percent of survivors suffering
permanent brain damage.
Peinkofer, in Losing Patience, provides an encompassing
look into the famous and recent cases (Virginia Jaspers, Patience
Gill and Louise Woodward) and key medical personal that helped
shape and define Shaken Baby Syndrome. He identifies the victimology
(which infants and children are most vulnerable), what to look
out for in a caregiver and what should a family do if they suspect
SBS, while providing prevention efforts, ways to soothe a crying
baby and stories from the families and survivors.
Losing Patience is a must-read for every parent, grandparent
and caregiver. The life that's saved may be your tiny loved one.
About the author
James Peinkofer, LCSW, has more than 18 years of experience in
medical and mental health clinical social work. A child abuse
consultant, he assesses physical child abuse crimes for police
investigations and prosecutors and is a hospice social worker.
He received his Masters in social work from the University of
Buffalo, and he lives in Mishawaka, Indiana.