Omaha Woman Makes It Her Mission to Reduce Shaken Baby Syndrome Cases
Jean Armstrong is devastated by how often it happensPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE-Registered Nurse Jean Armstrong has made teaching others about the dangers of shaken baby syndrome her mission for more than 15 years. She says now in addition to shaking baby syndrome, she's also addressing more reports of blunt force trauma.
"A lot of times after the baby is shaken, it's slammed down on a bed," she demonstrates to a class Thursday night.
Armstrong teaches volunteers and passes out information. She hopes they'll spread the word on how to handle a crying child. Armstrong is the coordinator for the Shaken Baby Task Force. Made up up 20 agencies across the Omaha Metro, she says they work hard to spread the word about how to deal with a crying child. She often visits schools, or speaks with new parents.
"Cases are still happening to day is because we live in a stressful world and parents, daycare providers, baby sitters don't know what to do. Cause no one has ever educated them," Armstrong said.
Armstrong also helped coordinate the Shaken Baby Hotline. The nation's only 24-hour hotline dedicated to shaken baby syndrome is right here in Omaha, run by volunteers out of Accurate Communications. Last year they received 209 calls. So far this year they've received 45.
"It needs to stop happening. Too many infants lives are being damaged, destroyed, shattered," Armstrong said.