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March 2017

Prevention of Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma: Time to Rethink Interventions and Reframe Messages

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(3):218-220. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.4512

Abusive head trauma (AHT) of infants and young children has considerable morbidity and economic costs.1,2 Crying is the most often reported trigger for a caregiver to injure an infant.3 To date, most prevention efforts aimed at decreasing the occurrence of AHT have focused on educating parents about how to manage the challenges of infant crying and the dangers of shaking or hurting an infant.