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Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS)

Exercises to do: Write

  1. Try to recall a difficult situation you experienced with your child.
  2. What were the thoughts going through your mind (before and during the situation)?
  3. How were you feeling physically? Were you feeling edgy? Did you have a headache? Were you feeling warm?
  4. Determine at what moment you wanted to stop the tension from rising (before the point of yelling). Please note that, in most situations when a person loses their patience and physically takes it out on a child, the person usually first reaches the point of yelling before committing the act. It is best to stop before reaching that point. To help yourself: Try to remember the words you usually use to indicate when you have had enough and have reached your limit, for example: "That's enough, stop it now! My patience is running out. My bubble is about to burst. I am getting really angry." You could use these words as your sounding bell to signal when to stop.
  5. Try to anticipate what you would do if this happens:
    • What would you do in an emergency to protect your baby or child? Write down the actions you would take in an emergency or crisis situation.
    • What would you do to calm down once your child is safe? Write down what you would do to calm down.
    • How would you know if you are calm enough to safely return to your baby or child? Determine the physical signs that indicate that you are calm and no longer have any negative feelings.
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Updated on 10/6/2014
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