Helpful Informational Sites

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

The following links are provided as a service. The information, views and opinions provided on the individual sites and/or articles do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of the Period of PURPLE Crying program or the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Their website contains general information related to child health as well as more specific guidelines concerning a pediatric issue. You'll find information regarding the Academy's many programs and activities, their policies and guidelines, their publications and other child health resources and much more.


CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) showcases innovative research and ideas aimed at improving health for people in Canada and globally. It publishes original clinical research, analyses and reviews, commentaries, news, practice updates, medical humanities and editorials., a full-text, free open-access website, allows everyone to use the latest health information. CMAJ has an impact factor of 7.5 and its website receives over 25 million requests a year from around the world.

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Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families by connecting child welfare, adoption and related professionals as well as concerned citizens to timely, essential information.  A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we provide access to print and electronic publications, websites, and online databases covering a wide range of topics from prevention to permanency, including child welfare, child abuse and neglect, adoption, search and reunion, and much more.

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The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development is produced by the Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development. It is intended for policy-makers, service planners and service providers and for parents.  It brings together articles written by internationally renowned experts on topics having to do with the psychosocial development of young children, from conception to the age of five. Each of the 37 topics addressed is explored from three perspectives: development, services and policies.

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The National Center has a mission: “To educate and train parents and professionals, and to conduct research that will prevent the shaking and abuse of infants in the United States”.  Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is the leading cause of death in abusive head trauma (AHT) cases. An estimated 1,200 to 1,400 children are injured or killed by shaking every year in the United States. Actual numbers may be much higher as many likely go undetected. Over 300 babies a year die from being shaken in the United States.