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What is Abusive Head Trauma/Shaken Baby Syndrome?

Once termed Shaken Baby Syndrome, Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma is the third leading cause of head injury among children in the United States and is the leading cause of serious head injury in the first year of life according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Abusive Head Trauma can be cause by shaking a child, hitting their head against a hard object or a combination of shaking & impact.  Inconsolable crying is the #1 reason people shake an infant. Other reasons include potty training difficulty, feeding problems, and interrupting an activity the caregiver is trying to complete.

The American Academy of Pediatrics  Committee of child abuse and neglect (AAP) released a technical report on shaken baby syndrome in July 2001 stating that “Shaken Baby Syndrome is a serious and clearly definable form of child abuse. It results from extreme rotational cranial acceleration induced by violent shaking or shaking/impact which would be easily recognizable by others as dangerous.

SBS is the leading cause of death from child abuse with 1200-1400 deaths in the US each year according to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome Babies under one years old are at greatest risk of being shaken and greatest risk of dying from their injuries.

Damage occurs the moment you begin shaking a child and injuries can occur in as little as 5 seconds.

Anyone male or female is capable of shaking an infant if they become frustrated and do not know how to handle their frustrations.

To learn about preventing SBS/AHT, please visit the “how you can help ” section of our webpage.

Our Mission and Vision

Mission: Eliminate Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome) through awareness and education to the public.

Vision: One Shake Is All It Takes strives to educate parents, babysitters, & other caregivers about the dangers of Shaken Baby Syndrome & offer them coping strategies. We also seek to help find resources for Shaken Baby Syndrome victims & their families.

Board of Directors & Staff

Kelsie Kuyath:  Kelsie Kuyath is the Founder of One Shake Is All It Takes and is currently serving as the Chair on the Board of Directors.  Kelsie has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  She works at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing and is the mother of two daughters.  Kelsie’s youngest daughter, Kyra is a Shaken Baby Survivor and the inspiration behind One Shake Is All It Takes.

You can contact Kelsie by email at or by calling 651-212-5977 ext.6

Brittany Kuyath: Brittany Kuyath is one of the founding members of One Shake Is All It Takes and is currently serving as Secretary of the Board. Brittany studied at the University of Wisconsin­-River Falls for Early Childhood Education and has worked at Under the Rainbow Child Care Center for 8 years as a preschool teacher. Brittany lives in Rochester, MN with her family.

You can contact Brittany by email at or by calling 651-212-5977 ext.8

Our Executive Director: 

Dan Luetje: Dan Luetje is the Manager of Information Technology at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and he is also on the Heart of Blue Volunteer Council. His management and leadership experience are a great benefit for our organization. As Executive Director, Dan will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for our staff, programs, fundraising, volunteers and execution of our mission.

You can contact Dan by email at or by calling 651-212-5977 ext.5


1,000-3,000 Children
Suffer each year.

Shaking can cause brain injury, cerebral palsy, blindness, hearing loss, learning and behavior problems, seizures, paralysis, and death. One fourth of victims of SBS die, and 80 percent of survivors suffer from permanent damage. In the United States, the costs of hospitalization and continuing care for SBS victims can total 1.2 to 16 billion dollars each year.



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How you can help prevent AHT/SBS

One Shake Is all It Takes is a 501(c)3 registered Non-Profit in the State of Minnesota

Please support our organization and mission with a tax deductible donation. Donate Here

The fact is that crying, including long bouts of inconsolable crying, is a normal way for a baby to communicate and a normal developmental behavior.  The problem is not the crying but the adult caregivers reaction to that crying.  Shaking or otherwise harming a child is never an appropriate response.

Everyone from parents to bystanders can do something to help prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome.  Giving caregivers the tools so that they can cope if they become frustrated is an important component of AHT/SBS prevention.

You can play a key role in reinforcing prevention through helping people understand the dangers of shaking a baby, the risk factors and triggers, and ways to lesson the load on stressed parents and caregivers.  All of which may help reduce the number of children affected by Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Here are some basic ways you can help prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome:

  1. Educate yourself and others.  Know the signs and symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
  2. Screen potential child care providers.
  3. Take a break when you are feeling overwhelmed.
  4. Report suspected abuse. Call the National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
  5. Volunteer to mentor new parents or offer to help.  Child abuse is less likely to occur if caregivers feel supported.
  6. Get involved. Example: Start a local knitting group and make hats for the Click for Babies program.

For more information on how you can get involved in your community, contact us at

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