Ways to prevent SBS

Coping with Crying


Firstly. Meet the baby’s basic needs;

  • Feed
  • Burp
  • Change Nappy
  • Loosen clothing
  • Are they too hot or cold?
  • Check temperature/ signs of Illness
  • Don’t be afraid to call for medical assistance.
  • Next you may want to try these steps.
  • Take baby for a walk outside of put them in the stroller and push back and forth.
  • Hold the baby against your chest and gently massage them
  • If they have a musical mobile, play it.
  • Offer them a toy/rattle/teddy.
  • Try and offer a dummy/ pacifier, if they will take it it may soothe them and it reminds them to take a breather.
  • Gently rock baby back and forth. They are tiny humans and will eventually tire themselves.
  • Never be afraid to ask for help. Most people won’t accept help. It’s important they do.
  • It is important that you are never ashamed to ask for help. You have a choice. Make the most of it before it’s too late!
  • There are a number of people you can talk to.
  • Firstly, family and friends. You’re never alone.
  • A health visitor has a duty to you and baby, even if you’re not the parent, they will usually leave you important numbers. Make the most of them (we know some can be judgemental) It’s only in the best interest of the baby.
  • Your GP is a fantastic source of advice and can refer you to the right person. DON’T WORRY ABOUT AN APPOINTMENT just remember to explain your baby is very distressed and they will usually see you more or less straight away or advise you on what to do next, remember to express your concerns. 
  • Walk in centres will offer advice and will check your baby out whilst you are there.
  • I have also found out that the NSPCC have a Cry-sis that available for advice in the event your child's crying becomes unbearable. Please read on.
  • Putting the baby in a safe place like a cot or pram and leaving the room until you have calmed down

  • Asking a friend or relative for some help

  • Talk to a health visitor or ring a help line like Cry-sis on 08451 228669

Signs and Symptoms of SBS




Abnormal movements or seizures


Increased, decreased muscle tone


Poor Feeding

Irregular breathing

Stopping breathing or Unconsciousness

Others have noticed.

A strange/ unusual cry.

A change of skin colour

Head appearing to swell

Unexplainable bruises, usually on the arms, shoulders and legs

A change of eye colour/ pupils becoming smaller or larger/ bloodshot.

Dr Suzanne Smith PhD

Suzanne has dedicated her career to adopting and creating a prevention programme that will work in the UK.

Suzanne attended the National Centre of Shaken Baby Syndrome (NCSBS) 15th International Conference in Montreal via a Travel Fellowship awarded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. 
Suzanne also visited many key Charities, Trusts and Organisations across USA and Canada in her Travel Fellowship agenda. Suzanne got stuck into every aspect of the prevention of SBS/AHT. 

This report is a 'must read'. 

Suzanne references many experts in relation to Abusive Head Trauma and Safe Sleeping. This coherent report highlights exactly what is needed in the UK to prevent AHT. Suzanne is working on finding funding and sponsorship to run this programme as outlined in the report with an action plan in place.  

From Dr Smiths research, with a team of experts and families steering group came ICON. 

ICON is currently being piloted regionally being rolled out successfully. 

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