There seems to be a lot of relevant news today – as I scanned the news one last time before going to bed tonight, this caught my eye, which is relevant to my post earlier today about postpartum depression and shaken baby syndrome. This article takes it wider, stressing that many parents are under extreme stress with the economy just as county and state funding has been decreased to programs who aim to help prevent such abuse. The children pay the price.
Seattle Children’s was one of the medical centers citing a rise in numbers of babies and children (some up to age 6) presenting with shaken baby syndrome, or abusive head trauma.
The number of babies and young children suffering abusive head trauma climbed by 55 percent in the months after the recession began in December 2007, according to a review of 511 cases at four children’s hospitals across the U.S.
The spike came during a period of rising unemployment, falling home prices and cuts to state and county budgets, including those that fund safety net programs to prevent child abuse.