If you suspect child abuse, call our 24/7 Hotline   |   419-213-2273 (CARE)

Never Shake a Baby

It is normal for some babies to cry for 2-3 hours a day. Most shaken baby incidents happen because the person caring for the child loses control. If you become frustrated or stressed out:

  1. Give the baby to a relative or trusted neighbor to watch for a while
  2. If no one is available, put the child in a safe place (crib or playpen) and walk out of the room
  3. Take 10 deep breaths….then take 10 more – GET YOURSELF UNDER CONTROL


  • Play activities that can be dangerous to small children (under the age of 2) include tossing them into the air, jogging with an infant on your back or spinning children on your shoulders
  • Make sure anyone in contact with your baby – a sitter, relative, friend; the child’s siblings – knows the danger of shaken baby syndrome
  • Always provide support to your baby’s head when transporting, holding, or playing with your baby

Visit the Ohio Department of Health Shaken Baby Information Page

WebMD Shaken Baby Resource

American Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Children Website

LCCS Mission Statement

Our mission is to lead the community in the protection of children at risk of abuse and neglect. This is accomplished by working with families, service providers and community members to assess risk and coordinate community-based services resulting in safe, stable, and permanent families for children.

Lucas County Children Services

705 Adams St., Toledo, OH 43604

Switchboard is answered 24/7
Phone: (419) 213-3200  •  Fax: (419) 327-3291

Office Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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