Carter County Health Department is teaming up with a local nonprofit to shed light on a painful, difficult topic for new parents.
Heroes with Hope of Southern Oklahoma donated knitted hats for infants to the department, each one carrying information about the dangers of Shaken Baby Syndrome, also called Abusive Head Trauma, and how to prevent it. Debra Lleverino, an HWH volunteer, knitted 100 purple hats and the group donated them to the health department and Mercy Hospital.
“By doing this, if this reaches one person and makes that person think about it the next time that their baby’s crying and it makes them reflect on that and prevents them from shaking their baby and saves one child from harm, then the efforts have all been worthwhile,” HWH executive director Melissa Woolly said.
Shaken Baby Syndrome is the result of an infant being violently shaken, even just for a few seconds. This can result in injuries or death, but cases often go undiagnosed until children get older and exhibit symptoms like learning disabilities, behavior disorders, physical disabilities or seizures, years after the abuse took place.
“I think everyone thinks, in difficult
situations, ‘this would never happen to me,’” Woolly said. “That’s everyone’s mindset, but the best approach to that is to talk about…
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