Shaken Baby Syndrome Simulator
One small life. One rash moment. No second chances.
Shaking the life-sized infant simulator is disturbing. Watching the damage progress across the brain through illuminated LEDs is powerful. Hearing the piercing cry abruptly stop is devastating.
There’s no denying the instant and permanent effects of shaking a helpless baby when this new, electronic simulator is in your hands.
Combined with a curriculum that helps establish a plan for coping with an inconsolable baby, an experience with the Shaken Baby Syndrome Simulator™ will stick with participants for a lifetime.
The life-sized electronic simulator is equipped with accelerometers that measure the force on the brain when shaken. A see-through vinyl head reveals LED lights that indicate the damaged areas of the brain in real time. Real infant cries stop abruptly as shaking continues and permanent brain damage occurs.
Approximately 25 percent of shaken baby victims die from their injuries.
Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) is underreported because the effects on the brain aren’t always immediately seen, the abuse may not be reported, and perpetrators often lie to medical personnel about the cause of a baby’s injuries.
Experts agree that awareness of SBS is critical for everyone who cares for an infant, responds to family emergencies, or trains future parents, babysitters and child care providers.
Materials included with the simulator describe the type and extent of injuries shaking can cause, list the many reasons babies cry, offer techniques to calm an inconsolable baby, and help participants establish a plan for managing those stressful times without harming an infant in their care.