Child Abuse and Neglect - Prevention
Everyone can help prevent
child abuse and neglect by showing concern for children and their well-being.
Prevention tips for parents and caregivers
Learn how to
handle children when they misbehave
handle children when they misbehave . Avoid using physical punishment. Parenting classes are offered in most communities. Ask your doctor or call a local hospital for more information.
Learn healthy ways to resolve conflicts and manage stress. For more information, see the topic Stress Management.
Ask for help when you need it. Call a family member or friend to give you a break if you feel overwhelmed. Find out about community resources that can help you with child care or other services. Call a doctor or local hospital for information.
Get treatment if you were ever a victim of abuse. Treatment can help problems like depression, alcohol or drug abuse, or violent behavior.
Remove firearms and other dangerous weapons from your home.
Learn more about how children grow at different stages in their lives. For example, lack of knowledge about why babies cry can make the crying a trigger for shaken baby syndrome. For more information, see:
Prevention tips for everyone
Get to know the children in your neighborhood. Learn their names, and show you care simply by waving to them or asking about how they're doing at home and school.
Give parents a break. Relieve a friend, neighbor, or relative who is feeling overwhelmed with child care and other issues.
Learn the signs of child abuse and neglect.
Encourage your community to offer services to help families who are at risk for abuse or neglect.
Volunteer in child abuse programs.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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