Doubt over shaken baby diagnosis

March 26, 2004

Scientists have cast doubt on the theory that certain eye injuries are a sign a baby has been violently shaken. Experts believe that bleeding behind the eyes probably indicates that an infant has been physically abused. However, a team from the US’s Wake Forest University says there is little hard science to support the view that this alone proves abuse. Writing in the BMJ, members say assumptions about shaken baby syndrome need to be challenged. …



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