Today's topic comes from Michelle Pilgrim. She writes:
After reading what I have to say, I hope you will be willing to help save babies. I am a part of a large myspace.com group and we are desperately working to bring awareness to Shaken Baby Syndrome. There is nothing more important than the safety of our children. If there is, please tell me what.
Did you know that shaking a baby for as little as 3 seconds can cause blindness, severe brain damage or even death? Babies have been killed by babysitters, aunts, uncles and even close family friends! Many in state licensed daycare facilities. Frequently with no history of violence. Does your sitter know to NEVER SHAKE A BABY? Help us spread the word! You could save a life!
Don't think it can't happen to someone you love. Each year an estimated 1200-3000 cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome occur. 27% of cases are caused by non-relatives and others, such as babysitters, aunts, uncles and even close family friends! They, like so many others, had no idea shaking a baby can kill. But YOU can help!
The problem with SBS is that it is widely unknown. 25-50% of parents are unaware of the risks of SBS. I have photos, stories and videos of these tiny victims available. We need someone like you to speak out! We walk for premature babies, relay for cancer. Isn't it time we brought awareness to the leading cause of death in child abuse cases?
September was shaken by her father. She is now 8 years old and cannot walk, speak or see. Alex was shaken by his mother's boyfriend and he too is unable to walk, speak or see. McKynzee was beaten and shaken by her father and has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, hydrocephalus and a feeding tube, to name a few. She also cannot walk, speak, see or even hold her head up. Her abuser has yet to be prosecuted in the 4 years that have passed since the attack. Benjamin and Madi died from injuries sustained after being shaken by a babysitter. Cynthia and Mekenna died after being shaken by a close family friend. So many lives have been devastated and it can truly happen to anyone!
Bill S 1204 and Bill H.R. 2052 named The Shaken Baby Syndrome Act of 2007 was presented to Congress on April 25 & 26, 2007. Since that time, only 18 out of 535 members of Congress have signed on in support. We are looking for someone to help bring awareness to SBS. Every day we wait puts more babies at risk.