Citizens Review Panel uses grant for shaken baby syndrome awareness
Shaken baby syndrome is the leading cause of death in children under the age of 1.
The Chisago County Citizens Review Panel receives a $3,000 grant every year from the state of Minnesota for child protection. This year, the panel opted to buy educational materials to raise awareness for shaken baby syndrome.
“More children die of shaken baby syndrome in the U.S. than they do in automobile crashes, poisoning, fire, electrocution or drowning combined,” said Cheryl Jelinek, from the panel. “One in 4 children that this happens to will die, and the ones that survive, 80 percent of them will have cerebral palsy, mental retardation or impaired motor and cognitive skills.”
According to the National Center for Shaken Baby Syndrome, the No. 1 trigger is frustration with a baby’s crying, and a violent overreaction to a child’s wails is 100 percent preventable.