sarahs_art_photos 10:12pm, 21 December 2006
I did a first aid course a few weeks ago and learnt that throwing babies in the air can have the same affect as Shaken Baby Syndrome. This is because as the baby falls the brain can stay in the same position and the skull can knock against it, this can can brain damage. I know kids love being thrown in the air, but next time you go to do this, please give this info some thought.
David Shayani [deleted] 11 years ago
Well I hope that people aren't throwing their kids on a Hard surface. When I throw my kids it's on Large Pillows or a really soft surface.

I think that you need to be more specific in your research and the finding of your result's.

You said....

"This is because as the baby falls the brain can stay in the same position and the skull can knock against it, this can can brain damage. "

What you mentioned above is (I'm assuming) that if the babies head hit's or strikes a hard surface. Obviously that would cause some type of head trauma.

Thanks for your concern, but also be aware that when you do some research, that you need to be more specific on your finding's, that way people out there are'nt getting the wrong impression.
Tin Green [deleted] 11 years ago
That's why our advice is: don't throw your kids any higher then 3 meters. Within that height, when you let them slip out of your hands during cathing, they probably be okay, or have just a little headache.
sarahs_art_photos Posted 11 years ago. Edited by sarahs_art_photos (member) 11 years ago
That's not what I meant at all. The brain can hit a hard surface - the scull. The baby doesn't have to be dropped. The physical acting of THROWING the baby in the air is what can cause the trauma. While the baby is falling from whatever height you have thrown it to (and this doesn't have to be a huge height) the actual BRAIN can sometimes not move or come down AS QUICKLY as the baby's scull and the scull can impact against it. Seeing photos of babies being thrown is scary to me. I obviously didn't come here to display photos but came across this group by accident and couldn't believe it was here. I just wanted to let you all know of the possible dangers.

I guess there's also the chance of dropping them too..
Tin Green [deleted] 11 years ago
Another advice we have given people who are member of our group is not to throw the kids you think are the most clever ones of the bunch. Take the dumbest one of your kids, so if something do goes wrong, it's not so bad. If members of our group do throw the smart kid on the ground and it goes wrong, well then it's their own loss...
sarahs_art_photos 11 years ago
That response might be slightly hilarious IF kids weren't being put in danger for the chance of an entertaining photo for this group. Obviously none of you care about this because you continue to do it.
Tin Green [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Tin Green (member) 11 years ago
Sarah don't take this all to serious please. Did you know that on yearly basis more children die of lollipops swallowed during running, playing and falling then by been thrown in the air? And watching your stream I was shocked!
ManWithCamera 11 years ago
Sarah (and any other's concerned about this):

Please read the following information from the The National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome

Can tossing or rough play cause SBS?

Here's a short quote, but I encourage you to read the whole thing:

Activities involving an infant or a child such as tossing in the air, bouncing on the knee, placing a child in an infant swing or jogging with them in a back pack, do not cause the brain, bone, and eye injuries characteristic of shaken baby syndrome.

Of course, parents should be especially careful with the very young. I wouldn't toss a child of only a few months. (Common sense, people.)

I have never dropped either of my children.

I think the likeliest danger here is that I'll throw out my back as they get older. Kids love this stuff. Just be careful and don't drop them -- unless you're in deep enough water and they can swim... :-)
David Shayani [deleted] 11 years ago
I need to get to playing "Throwing" my kids already!!
♥ Nat hamlin 11 years ago
Just be careful and don't drop them -- unless you're in deep enough water and they can swim... :-)

And make sure the water's at full boil so they cook evenly.
hdorreman [deleted] 11 years ago
In my experience the danger of braindamage from tossing you child is minimal (outdoors that is; indoors is different, I admit (be careful for fans etc..)).
A graver danger occurs when toddlers are tossing their parents. Especially to the toddler.

Like Tin Green wrote: common sense is the key. I never heard of a child who appeared to have liked being shaken into the syndrome. The kids being thrown in this group (as far as I can judge, otherwise they are kicked out of theis prestigious group) all came back for more. This is being done for fun for both. If one is not enthousiastic (like my middle one) you obviously don't throw him/her. The other two fight for turns.
eτi 11 years ago
Common sense indeed. We build up slowly, this is the stage me and my son are at:


Hope you agree it is, at least in spirit, a case of tossing
Smith-0 [deleted] Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Smith-0 (member) 11 years ago
My new 4 month old boy loves being held up like this, you just end you with some spew on you every now and then :)

Thanks for the link on SBS, I would never want to harm him and this clearly shows that the acceleration / deceleration of a throw in the air and a soft landing in Dads arms is not the same as a shake.
Danny McL PRO 10 years ago
What a lovely group.

I threw all of my three beautiful girls in the air and would continue to do so if they weren't so heavy at ages 13, 15 and 17 respectively.

To be honest, all those complaining about such activity either are, or would make pretty dull parents.

More power to your elbows!
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