New York —
Watch closely for signs that something is wrong with your little one.
There are signs in a child’s behavior that could represent psychological harm very significant, therefore if your intention is to help him soon you should start by finding out what is happening in his environment … starting at your own home.
A child with working parents may spend a lot of time away from them because they are being cared for by a babysitter, relative, trusted friend, or daycare. And although many parents overlook the signs of abuse for fear of facing what is happening, Others go to the bottom of it all until they discover that most abusers are part of the family. Because they know their children and in front of their doubts, they prefer to follow their instincts.
If your child is old enough to communicate, Experts suggest asking questions like Did something happen today that you didn’t like ?, or did you ever get scared in daycare?, this with the intention of knowing what made him feel uncomfortable and reveal what it is that makes him feel bad.
In the event that the child cannot express what has happened, because he is very young or is not very communicative, Close monitoring is required to detect signs that all is not well. Some parents discover signs of abuse, such as internal bleeding and injury, only when they take their child to the doctor because he doesn’t stop crying or is overly fussy.
Every year approximately 3 million reports of child abuse nationwide, and the population most at risk are the children under 5 years.
It is important to be aware of some signs that indicate that a child has been physically abused:
one.Cry and fight when it’s time to go to daycare or stay with your babysitter or caregiver. While this is usually a normal reaction to separation, you have to pay attention to your instincts.
2.Show other changes sudden behavior or performance in daycare or school.
3.Come home with unexplained bruises, abrasions, burns, broken bones, black eyes, cuts, bite marks, or other injuries. Repeated injuries of any kind are a warning sign. Any rib fracture, long bone fracture, or bruising in a baby who is not yet walking or is not very mobile should raise concern about the abuse.
Four.If your child is still a baby, know the signs of shaken baby syndrome (SBS), which doctors call abusive head trauma. This generally occurs when babies are shaken with anger. In extreme cases, abuse involves hitting a child’s head against a hard object, such as the wall or floor. If you suspect your child is suffering from SBS, call 911 right away.
If you suspect that the child has been sexually abused, you may have the following symptoms:
one.You have pain, itching, bleeding, or bruising in or around the genital area.
2.You have trouble walking or sitting, possibly due to genital or anal pain.
3.Demonstrates sexual knowledge, curiosity, or behavior beyond his age.
Four.Is reserved or wants to be alone most of the time.