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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

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Yuta Sasaoka, MD (Pediatrics)

Dr. Sasaoka graduated from the Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine. After working in the Department of Pediatrics at Hakodate Municipal Hospital, the Emergency Center at Hakodate Municipal Hospital, and the Department of Emergency Medicine at Tokyo Metropolitan Children's General Medical Center, he joined the Sapporo Medical University Advanced Emergency Medical Center in April 2020. Dr. Sasaoka is well versed in pediatric emergency medicine, covering a wide range of pediatrics and emergency medicine. He is also a certified AHA-PALS instructor and focuses on pediatric secondary life support education at the Hokkaido Training Site.

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  • My body is jerking

  • Twitching

  • Delayed reaction

  • Fever seizures (with fever of >100.4°F / 38°C)

  • Feeling little to no interest in anything ans experiencing a cough and eyes discharge

  • The first seizure

  • Repetitive seizures

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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is shaken baby syndrome?

Shaken baby syndrome (SBS) is a brain injury that occurs when a baby or toddler is violently shaken. It destroys the child's brain cells and prevents the brain from getting enough oxygen. It causes bruising, swelling and bleeding in the skull.

Symptoms of shaken baby syndrome

  • Face turned pale transiently

  • Seizure

  • Decreased responsiveness/expressiveness

  • Losing consciousness

  • Irritability / bad mood

  • Occasional poor responses/decreased facial expressions despite having usual energy level

Questions your doctor may ask to check for shaken baby syndrome

  • Did your face briefly turn pale?

  • Have you had a seizure?

  • Have you temporarily lost consciousness?

  • Is your child unusually cranky?

  • Do you have occasional poor responses and decreased facial expressions despite having normal energy?

Treatment for shaken baby syndrome

Emergency treatment for a shaken child may include breathing support and surgery to stop brain bleeding. Some children might need medications to reduce brain swelling and prevent seizures. It can cause irreversible brain damage and even death.

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  • Seizure

  • Decreased responsiveness

  • Faint

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Reviewed By:

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

Yuta Sasaoka, MD

Yuta Sasaoka, MD (Pediatrics)

Dr. Sasaoka graduated from the Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine. After working in the Department of Pediatrics at Hakodate Municipal Hospital, the Emergency Center at Hakodate Municipal Hospital, and the Department of Emergency Medicine at Tokyo Metropolitan Children's General Medical Center, he joined the Sapporo Medical University Advanced Emergency Medical Center in April 2020. Dr. Sasaoka is well versed in pediatric emergency medicine, covering a wide range of pediatrics and emergency medicine. He is also a certified AHA-PALS instructor and focuses on pediatric secondary life support education at the Hokkaido Training Site.

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