TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - One of the deadliest forms of child abuse is on the rise and anew study said the recession may be the reason.
This study is referring to the abusive head trauma also known asshaken baby syndrome.
Shaking a baby can often lead to permanent brain damage or evendeath.
According to a new national study by a child abuse specialist atChildren's Hospital in Pittsburg, shaken baby syndrome has nearlydoubled nationally since the economy collapsed.
The study said an average of 4 abusive head trauma cases a monthwere reported before the recession in 2007. Since then the averagenumber of cases per month has jumped to 9.
Now this study was performed over the last 5 years at hospitalsin Pittsburgh, Seattle, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio.
Although News 10's reported child neglect cases are on the risein the Wabash Valley due to the economy; we wanted to find out ifdoctor's are seeing the same national increase in shaken babysyndrome.
An emergency room doctor at Regional Hospital in Terre Hautesaid fortunately there's no major increase here, but said he's notsurprised by the study.
"It can be very frustrating to deal with a crying baby andparent's are more stressed and more likely to lash out at someoneelse," Regional Hospital Dr. Scott Pottratz said.
If you are feeling overwhelmed with your baby, Doctor Pottratzsaid the best thing to do is securely lay the baby in the crib andwalk away briefly to compose yourself.
He said sometimes those few moments away can make all thedifference.
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