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Information for Professionals

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The issues of shaken baby syndrome involve an multi-disciplinary approach. We are pleased to be able to provide the following information from our British Columbia, Canadian and international experts.

Early infant crying, especially inconsolable crying has been found to be one of the main triggers for SBS. Ronald G. Barr, MDCM, FRCPC discusses recent findings and why crying is linked to prevention.

Jean Hlady, MD, FRCPC, FAAP gives us an overview of the procedures that infants and their family go through when SBS is suspected in the emergency department.

The types of brain injuries associated with the syndrome are discussed by BC Children's Hospital neurosurgeon, Ash Singhal, MD, FRCSC. Injuries to the eye are discussed by Alex V. Levin, MD, MHSc, FAAP, FAAO, FRCSC from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

The rehabilitation perspective given by the Brain Injury Team Leader, Kellie Duckworth at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, discusses the additional multi-disciplinary care received by victims of SBS before they can be returned home.

Unfortunately, up to 30% of babies succumb from their injuries and do not return home. The role pathologists and the Coroners Office, as well as, the Child Death Review Unit is aptly described by Beth Larcombe and Kellie Kilpatrick.

Investigative work must be carried out regardless of the outcome of the victim and Chief Dectective, Phil Wheeler from the London City Police Department gives us a overview of the challenges that police investigators may run into with SBS cases.

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