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Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) – also known as ‘shaken baby syndrome’ – causes catastrophic brain injuries, which can lead to death, or significant long term health and learning disabilities. AHT is not restricted to specific socio-economic groups – it can occur in any environment, when a parent or carer is on the edge due to infant crying. 

The programme – ICON: Babies Cry, You Can Cope! – provides key messages and resources to let parents and carers know that infant crying is normal and there are methods which can be taken in order to cope.  Resources include leaflets, posters and video clips which can be shared with parents and carers at any contact had with midwives, health visitors, GPs, social workers, and other professionals working with families. 

The ICON Key Messages are:

ICON Poster

Resources available: 

If you work in Dudley, you may be able to access eLearning on ICON: Babies Cry, You can Cope! Via the DSPP Learning Zone

Download the DSPP Bruising Poster here

DSPP have created a Safer7 (7 minute briefing) on ICON that can be accessed below:

Informative videos regarding ICON are available from the ICON YouTube page 

If you would like to learn more about ICON please visit their website: