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WHEREAS, Shaken Baby Syndrome is a serious form of child abuse that is caused by the violent shaking of an infant or small child and results in the child suffering severe or permanent physical or mental consequences; and

WHEREAS, Shaken Baby Syndrome usually occurs when a parent or other caregiver shakes a baby out of anger or frustration, often because the baby will not stop crying; and

WHEREAS, many severe and permanent physical, mental and emotional consequences may result from Shaken Baby Syndrome, including brain damage, loss of vision, paralysis, seizures and death; and

WHEREAS, nationwide approximately 1,300 cases of Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma are reported each year and about 80% of surviving victims suffer lifelong disabilities; and

WHEREAS, caregivers should be aware of the possible signs and symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome such as lethargy, extreme irritability, difficulty breathing, seizures, unequal pupil size, grab-type bruising on arms or chest and decreased level of consciousness; and

WHEREAS, the number of deaths and injuries attributed to Shaken Baby Syndrome emphasize the importance of increasing public awareness and sharing prevention activities with parents and caregivers; and

WHEREAS, educational programs have been shown to raise awareness and provide critically important preventative information about Shaken Baby Syndrome to parents, caregivers, daycare workers, employees of child protection agencies, law enforcement agencies, health care professionals and legal representatives; and

WHEREAS, the State of Nevada supports efforts to protect children from abuse and neglect and recognizes the importance of keeping children in a safe and stable environment;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the week of April 17 - 23, 2022, as

NEVADA SHAKEN BABY SYNDROME AWARENESS WEEK

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 11th day of March, 2022

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