Abusive Head Trauma Information for Families

Father holding his head while baby is crying

This page provides resources that can be shared with families to support caregiving strategies to reduce the risk of abusive head trauma.

From the American Academy of Pediatrics’ parent/caregiver website, these web pages provide family-friendly resources on abusive head trauma and how to care for a crying infant.

Care Plan for Parents from Wisconsin
This fillable document for parents and caregivers provides a plan to identify people to reach out to when they need support. It also provides ways to help their baby. This is supported by the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board.

Crying Plan Examples from Idaho
Crying is the #1 trigger for Shaken Baby Syndrome. All parents and caregivers need a plan for themselves and anyone that cares for their baby.   These plans are funded under the Idaho state plan for public education on Shaken Baby Syndrome.

National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome Family Resources
Parents and caretakers of victims and survivors of Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma (SBS/AHT) often have difficulty navigating the many resources available to them in the aftermath of abuse. This section of the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome website will help link families to some of the national and state-wide resources they may be able to utilize regarding resources for disabilities, support, and crime victim assistance.

The Period of Purple Crying Information for Dads
This section of The Period of Purple Crying is dedicated to the support of fathers including information on being a military Dad on deployment, becoming attached to their baby, and getting Dads involved.

Creating a Healthier Life, A Step-By-Step Guide to Wellness
Self-care is very important to families of young children.   When a caregiver is overwhelmed or stressed, they are more likely to have increased frustration with their child.  This guide will assist families and caregivers in making intentional steps toward mental and physical wellness, including seeking support from others and establishing routines and good habits.  

Promoting Staff and Family Well-Being
Early learning programs can play a key role in helping children, families, and staff commit to finding ways to reduce stress in their lives. Programs can also create wellness strategies that promote both physical and mental well-being. In these resources provided on the ECLKC, you will learn ways to promote a culture of wellness for young children and the adults who care for them.

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