How Healthcare Professionals can Help Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome

Do something!

Child abuse is preventable and you can reduce its incidence by encouraging parents to be aware and plan ahead.

Here are some resources to share with parents and caregivers:

  • Make a plan with parents to cope with the challenge of a crying baby.
  • Provide free brochures about SBS and how to prevent it.
  • Tell parents about the Babysitter Information Form for everyone who cares for their child.
  • Request a speaker for an educational event.
  • For information about community events, parenting workshops or classes with Children's Hospital Colorado visit our calendar of events.
  • Encourage them to watch one of these educational videos on how to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome:

Get educated

As a healthcare provider, take the time to review information about crying and SBS with your families. Emphasize the key messages and help families make a plan for when they get frustrated with their babies crying. Do this before the peak period of crying starts! Help parents understand that shaking a baby can lead to serious injury or death. Walk them through the reality of SBS .

Be supportive.

Caring for a baby is hard work. Parents and caregivers need to be asked about how they are coping with the challenge of caring for a baby. Listening when someone needs to talk can help reduce stress and frustration, and it lets parents and caregivers know they are not alone.

Be a voice for kids!

Help Children's Hospital Colorado advocate on behalf of children in the public policy arena. It's up to adults to help create safer and healthier communities for our kids. Children's Grassroots Advocacy Network is an easy way to stay connected to public policy decisions affecting children's health and well-being, and to take action when your voice is needed. And it only takes a few minutes of your time!

Click here to join Children’s Grassroots Advocacy now.


Get involved with local organizations that support children and families through The Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect.

For almost 40 years, Kempe has been the leader in supporting the prevention, research and treatment of child abuse and neglect. Founded by Denver pediatrician C. Henry Kempe, the foundation combines medical treatments and education programs with world-class scientific research, so it can help kids now and find more ways to stop the horrible consequences of abuse in the future. We make your donation work hardest for the kids who need it most.


If you want to make the most difference in the fight against child abuse, give to the one place that is making the most difference and healing more hearts: Kempe. We carefully analyze where funding is needed most and how to use finances wisely, so you can be assured your donation will make a real impact. The children are counting on us!

Donate or volunteer with Kempe.

Donate to the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

How to report child abuse or neglect

CO 4 Kids 

The Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline, 1-844-CO-4-Kids or 1-844-264-5437. The hotline is designed to provide one, easy-to-remember toll-free phone number for individuals to use statewide to report suspected child abuse and neglect. 

The hotline serves as a direct, immediate and efficient route to the counties which are responsible for accepting and responding to child abuse and neglect inquiries and reports. All hotline calls will be routed to the county where a child resides.