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. (240 pp.)
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.