The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Ogden launched a "Don't Shake The Baby" campaign as part of a massive public education initiative.
The campaign and initiative are funded in part by a three-year, $600,000 grant from the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. All 50 states and Puerto Rico will work to prevent shaken-baby syndrome with posters, media campaigns, information packets and a videotape created by the Ohio-based League Against Child Abuse about the dangers of shaking babies.Hospital-based programs and a media campaign are now in effect to prevent the infant deaths and injuries suffered every year.
Marilyn Sandberg, Child Abuse Prevention Council director, said this program is vital for Utah.
"Our organization is committed to informing all Utah residents about the dangers of shaking infants and children," she said. In 1990 and 1991, six children died as a result of being shaken.
Dr. Jacy Showers, director of the National "Don't Shake The Baby" campaign, said education can make a difference.
"We have known for years that many parents just don't realize shaking can kill or seriously harm a baby. The bottom line is that babies have been paralyzed, blinded, brain damaged or killed partly because of ignorance," she said. "Most babies are shaken because they won't stop crying. Parents need information about how to cope with constant crying, and they must be warned that shaking is not an appropriate solution."
For more information call the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Ogden at 399-8430.