LOS ANGELES, Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On February 18th, Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP, Assistant Professor at the USC School of Medicine, will present a keynote address on the prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) at the Annual Idaho Perinatal Conference in Boise.
SBS is the #1 cause of child abuse deaths with 1300 babies severely shaken every year:
- Average Age - 4 Months
- Main Trigger - Crying
- Brain Damage - 80%
- Health and other Costs - Over $1 billion/year
And studies suggest the true number of shaken babies is more than 100 times higher!
Dr. Karp, creator of The Happiest Baby on the Block book/DVD, will discuss how his discovery of the Calming Reflex (a relative off-switch for crying and on-switch for sleep) boosts parent confidence, increases sleep and may help prevent this terrible abuse.
According to James Hmurovich, President/CEO, Prevent Child Abuse America, "Dr. Karp's insights are a key to reducing the frustration that can lead to shaking."
The Happiest Baby program is used in many SBS prevention initiatives, including Alabama's Child Death Review Board, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, Texas' Council of Child Welfare Boards and Massachusetts' SBS Prevention Center.
Thousands more Happiest Baby educators teach in hospitals, health clinics and military bases across the US to reduce other serious complications of infant crying and parental exhaustion including depression, breastfeeding failure, and SIDS/suffocation. "More than anything," Karp says, "parents want to comfort their babies. And when they succeed, their confidence and love grows and grows."
In addition to his keynote Dr. Karp will present a lecture on his book/DVD, The Happiest Toddler on the Block. He will give 'tips on greatly reducing tantrums while encouraging patience, cooperation and respect among children 9 months-5 years of age.
About Dr. Karp
In practice for over 25 years, Dr. Karp has taught thousands of parents, from working moms to superstars like Madonna, his secrets for soothing colic, boosting sleep and making parents and children happy.
Dr. Karp's landmark ideas have made him America's most read pediatrician. No wonder the NY Times praised his work by proclaiming, "Roll over, Dr. Spock!"
SOURCE The Happiest Baby, Inc.