For parents and other caregivers, factors that may increase the risk of inflicting shaken baby syndrome include:

  • Unrealistic expectations of babies
  • Young or single parenthood
  • Stress
  • Domestic violence
  • Alcohol or substance abuse
  • Unstable family situations
  • Depression
  • A history of mistreatment as a child

Also, men are more likely to inflict shaken baby syndrome than are women.

Oct. 26, 2011

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