Shaken baby dolls to help educate

By From page A5 | November 20, 2012

FAIRFIELD — A pair of dolls acquired by the Fairfield Police Department will help explain the damage done by shaking babies.

The department recently purchased a doll to show the effects of shaken baby syndrome and had another donated by the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club.

The RealCare Shaken Baby cries inconsolably, simulating what some babies are known to do. When the doll is shaken, a device inside its head measures the force on the “brain.” The simulator’s cries then stop abruptly and LED lights show damage to specific areas of the brain in real time.

Using the dolls, the department can help teach about why babies cry, how to create a plan for frustration, ways to soothe a crying baby, signs and symptoms of shaken baby syndrome and the physical results of related brain injuries.

Using the simulators, police specialists may train future parents, baby sitters and child care providers. For more information or to schedule a demonstration, call Sgt. Kevin Carella at 428-7354 or Debra Shibuya 428-7770.

Reach Danny Bernardini at 427-6935 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dbernardinidr.

Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.

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