Who is Matty?
Matty Eappen died at the age of eight months as a result of being violently shaken by a caregiver. This foundation was established in his memory to improve the safety and welfare of children by educating the public about the dangers of shaking a child and to provide assistance to victims and their families.
SBS/AHT (shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma) is a term used to describe the constellation of signs and symptoms resulting from violent shaking or shaking and impacting of the head of an infant or small child. Infant crying is the most frequently cited trigger for shaking.
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Over the last several years, the body of peer-reviewed scientific research on SBS/AHT and infant crying has grown significantly.