A program called "Take A Break; Don't Shake!" in Danville on Saturday is designed to educate parents and other caregivers about shaken baby syndrome (SBS).
Research indicates SBS is one of the Commonwealth's most prevalent causes of child abuse, accounting for two-thirds of the physical abuse cases in Kentucky.
SBS is thought to occur when an abuser violently shakes an infant, creating a whiplash-type motion.
SBS can occur from as little as five seconds of shaking, which usually takes place when the infant is crying inconsolably and the frustrated caregiver loses control. The violent shaking may result in severe injuries to the infant, permanent brain damage, or death.
The program, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Boyle County Fairgrounds, will include lunch, speakers, prize drawings, certificates and activities designed to make participants aware of shaken baby issues.