An Assessment of the Knowledge and Practice of Shaken Baby Syndrome Among Care Givers in Paediatrics Unit Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka

Eyisi I. G., Nwachukwu C. C., Njelita I. A., Umeh U. M., Eyisi C. S., Igbokwe L. N.


Background: Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is a form of abuse that is characterized by brain injury and predominantly impacts neurological functioning.[1]It is a non-accidental traumatic injury resulting from the violent shaking of an infant or child.[1,2] Other names for this condition include whiplash shaken infant syndrome, abusive head trauma, shaken impact syndrome, whiplash shake syndrome and non-accidental or intentional head injury but shaken baby syndrome is the most widely used and recognized term;[3]

Methods: Frequencies, percentages, tables and Charts was used to analyze obtained responses with the aid of SPSS version 17.0. Chi-square Tests was also conducted.

Results: No statistically significant association was seen between knowledge of shaken baby syndrome and highest level of education (X2= 3.536, p= 0.316); No statistically significant association was also seen between knowledge of Shaken Baby Syndrome and gender (X20.329, p=0.848); and there was no statistically significant difference between wrong practices leading to Shaken baby syndrome and marital status (X2 = 0.353, p= 0.838).

Conclusion: The knowledge of Shaken Baby Syndrome was commendable in this study.

DOI: 10.7176/JHMN/67-11

Publication date:October 31st 2019

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