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The NSPCC’s five simple steps to save babies’ lives
It is easy to say that we should be preventing child abuse. It’s much harder to do it – particularly in the current climate where scarce resources are often focused where things are already going wrong. However, new research shows that sometimes prevention can be easy: short, simple messages for new parents can prevent abuse to babies.
The most common cause of death in babies is abusive head trauma – the injuries that are caused when a baby is shaken, hit or thrown.
Excessive crying is given as a common reason for perpetrating child abuse in infants and high proportions of parents whose babies cry excessively report feelings of aggression towards their baby, even if they never act on these feelings.
Research shows us that we can’t predict which parents will shake their babies.
It’s important to remember that it can happen to anyone, although some babies such as those whose parents have substance misuse problems, mental illnesses, are experiencing domestic abuse and/or have a history of violence are more at risk.
There are three main reasons that crying can push parents to breaking point:
- When tired, the noise of a crying baby and the frustration at not being able to stop this crying can increase parents’ stress levels to unmanageable levels.
- Some parents feel that the crying is an indication that there is something wrong with their baby or with their own parenting skills, and this leads to strong emotional feelings of guilt and anxiety.
- Others parents, particularly those who are not attuned to their baby’s feelings and have a poor understanding of child development, may think that their baby is crying deliberately to manipulate them and will react angrily to this.
Child Accident Prevention Trust website inlcudes Adocating Child Safety Document
(Dated June 2011) and has a useful caldenar of child safety events.
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