State Representative Sharon Steckman, D-Mason City, won approval of the first bill she managed in the Iowa House today that will establish a shaken baby prevention program.

“It’s a great honor to get approval on my first bill, but I’m proud our state is taking another step to help save lives and prevent injuries by stopping shaken baby syndrome,” said Steckman.

According to Iowa’s Child Death Review Team, from 1995-2007, 49 of the 112 young child homicide victims died from being shaken or slammed. It is estimated that more than three dozen Iowa children annually suffer serious and potentially long-term injuries from shaken baby syndrome.

The bill approved by the Iowa House today, Senate File 101, will implement a statewide shaken baby syndrome prevention program through the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to educate parents and others about the dangers of shaken baby syndrome to children. The plan must describe strategies for prevention and provide education and support to parents and others.

The bill now goes to the Governor.