I was alarmed to see the following story and statistic in today’s newspaper:
“In 2008 the Tri-State saw 22 cases of shaken baby syndrome that resulted in 3 deaths. So far this year there have been 17 cases that also resulted in three deaths.”
This is very sad. We do know that economic stress correlates to an increase in abuse. When a parent is stressed, they are more likely to lash out.
There is no excuse for harming your child. If you feel you are at the end of your rope, take a time out. Help is available. Call a family member. Call a friend. Call United Way’s 211 help line. Talk to someone. Once you step away from the situation for a minute or two, it is never as bad as you may think.