Shaken Baby Syndrome

Dear Colleague:

Shaken Baby Syndrome is a serious form of child abuse in which an adult violently shakes a baby or young child, leading to serious injury or death. In the United States, there are an estimated 1,000 to 3,000 cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome each year. Shaken Baby Syndrome is completely preventable, and public education is an important piece of prevention.

We are pleased to share with you this updated Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Toolkit. The toolkit provides you with information on Shaken Baby Syndrome to share with your community. We hope that the items included in this toolkit can be of use to you in educating your community about Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Included in the toolkit are:

Please contact the Bureau of Injury Prevention at or (518) 473-1143 if you have any questions or need additional information.

We hope that this toolkit is useful to your organization, and that together we can decrease the incidence of Shaken Baby Syndrome in New York State.


Barbara Wallace, MD, MSPH
Acting Director, Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention