Sunday, 23 September 2012

Child abuse is more than a bruise

The behaviour of a baby that doesn´t speak yet tell us more than a thousand words. Learn to listen it and take measures on time.

The first childhood abuse is a special care problem because a baby is defenseless and can´t communicate effectively what´s happen or his fears. For that reason we should read the warning signs to identify an abuse situation on time. This issue goes further, because a baby receives mistreatment also when he is exposed to screaming, insults, shakes, aggressive, or indifference from the carer. The neglectful treatment and abandonment are also abuse forms.

A baby can´t speak but…

These are some signals of mistreatment in a child. If a baby...

  • Shows fear, anguish or extreme reactions when he is going to see the carer.
  • Presents bruises, ecchymosis (yellow marks) or hit signals.
  • Is demanding excessive attention of the parents.
  • Loses his appetite.
  • Has troubles sleeping or wants to sleep all the time.
  • Has genital pain.
  • Presents urinary tract infections.
  • Suffers diarrhoea or inexplicable fever.
  • Presents wounds or indents in the genital area; in this cases we need to find help immediately.

How can you avoid this situation?

  • The kid needs adequate and lovely corporal contact and lovely speaking.
  • The abuse could be more frequent in unwanted pregnancy or when the mother is too young, because the baby is seen as a hindrance. In these cases the grandparents and uncles should be in constant observation.
  • The abuser could be another child like brother or sister, in this case is important to work to eliminate the jealousy.
  • You can install cameras without notification to the carer.
  • Training carers and parents in child development, no violent discipline methods and capacity problems solution,

Translated by Claudia Fierro, of the article: El maltrato infantile es más que un moretón. Font: (

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