Definition of shaken baby syndrome in English:

shaken baby syndrome


  • [mass noun] A condition characterized by cranial injury, retinal haemorrhage, etc. observed in infants who have been violently jolted.

    • ‘The Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect of the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a technical report on rotational cranial injuries in shaken baby syndrome.’
    • ‘Injuries from shaken baby syndrome can be life-long.’
    • ‘These three patterns of clinical events - in the absence of other circumstantial evidence for non-accidental injury - offer a more credible explanation than shaken baby syndrome for the presence of subdural and retinal haemorrhages.’
    • ‘On this basis they thought that all the components normally indicative of shaken baby syndrome might result from hypoxic damage alone, dural and retinal haemorrhage being due to brain swelling consequent on cerebral hypoxia.’
    • ‘This is the commonest presentation seen by paediatricians and is referred to as the classic shaken baby syndrome (repetitive rotational injury).’