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Virtual Pediatric Hospital: CQQA: Child Abuse

Pediatrics Common Questions, Quick Answers

Child Abuse

Donna D'Alessandro, M.D.
Lindsay Huth, B.A.
Peer Review Status: Internally Reviewed
Creation Date: June 2002
Last Revision Date: June 2002


Common Questions, Quick Answers

What is child abuse?

What are the physical signs?

What are the behavioral signs?
An abused child may not show these behavioral signs until years after the abuse has happened. If you suspect a child is being abused, look for these signs but keep in mind that children under stress (from parents divorcing, a move, or other life-changing event) also may show these symptoms:

Who can be abusive?

What should I do if I think a child is being abused?

How is the family treated?

How can I protect my child?
Take steps to protect your child from abuse and teach your child how to protect herself.

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For children

When should I call the doctor?

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