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What are the signs of physical abuse in children?

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Signs of physical abuse may include:

  • Bruises, welts, or other injuries that can’t be explained or don’t match with the child’s story
  • Burns, especially from cigarettes, that can’t be explained
  • Injury marks that have a pattern, like from a hand, belt, or other objects
  • Injuries that are at different stages of healing
  • Medical or dental issues that go untreated

From: Possible Signs of Child Abuse WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “Child Abuse.”

Queensland Government, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services: “What Is Child Abuse?”

Mayo Clinic: “Child Abuse.”

Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services: “Warning Signs for Child Abuse and Neglect.”

HelpGuide.org: “Child Abuse and Neglect.”

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: “Child Sexual Abuse Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

KidsHealth: “Child Abuse.”

Queensland Government, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services: “What Is Child Abuse?”

Mayo Clinic: “Child Abuse.”

Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services: “Warning Signs for Child Abuse and Neglect.”

HelpGuide.org: “Child Abuse and Neglect.”

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network: “Child Sexual Abuse Fact Sheet.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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