It is not uncommon for babies to be shaken in their sleep, but it is not a normal baby to be awakened by a stranger in a darkened room.
Babies with shaken baby syndrome experience the symptoms of sleep apnea, which causes breathing to stop for a short time, followed by a slow and shallow breathing that may become shallow and rapid.
A child with shaken babies will typically need to be taken to the emergency room for treatment, though in rare cases, they may be able to be transported home.
“If a baby is awakened by the sounds of another child, that baby may have a very high risk of having a seizure,” says Dr. Jennifer Wray, a pediatrician at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
The shaking is often more noticeable on the right side of the face, and sometimes on the left.
For example, when a child wakes up and sees a stranger, they are more likely to have a seizure.
Dr. Wray says the shaking may be caused by a condition called congenital hypopigmentation, which affects the color of the skin.
Children with congenital hemophilia, who have an abnormally small amount of white blood cells in their bodies, are more susceptible to seizures, and they also have a higher risk of seizures.
Dr, Jennifer Wryne is a pediatric neurologist at Johns Hopkins and co-director of the National Center for Sleep Medicine.
“There is not much we can do to prevent the child from having a convulsion,” she says.
Children can experience a seizure at any time of the day or night.
Dr Wray advises parents to take their child to the ER immediately if they experience the following symptoms: a quick, shallow breath that may be shallow and shallow