Shaken Baby Speaker at Health Center

By: Boone County Health Center

Up to 3,000 children in the U.S. suffer from Shaken Baby Syndrome each year. Of those, one fourth die and 80 percent of survivors suffer from some form of permanent damage such as brain injury, cerebral palsy, blindness, hearing loss, learning or behavior problems, seizures or paralysis.

Shaken Baby Syndrome happens when a baby or small child is violently shaken by the shoulders, arms, or legs. Babies up to a year old are at the greatest risk of injury from shaking.

Boone County Health Center (BCHC) is holding an event to educate the public and childcare providers about the risks of Shaken Baby Syndrome and ways to prevent it.

On October 20th from 9-11 a.m., Registered Nurse Jill Junck will share the touching story of her own son who was a victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome. This training will take place in the Kvam Room at BCHC. Visitors can enter through the north Kvam Room doors.

“Everyone is welcome for this free training,” said Boone County Health Center (BCHC) Daycare Director Angie Herman. “This is a great way to educated parents and care takers so our kids can stay safe.”

This training qualifies for two hours of Early Childhood in-service hours if registered by October 19th. To sign up, call Angie Herman at 402-395-6225.