When your child is in the care of someone else, you are well within your rights to worry. After all, unless it is a family member, chances are you are putting your trust in a stranger. When you know how to spot the signs of child abuse, you are better able to judge if your child is being treated as he or she should during your time away.
Most people know to be on the lookout for bruises, scrapes, and cuts. Unfortunately, child abuse does not always manifest itself in physical ways. While it is true that some parents turn a blind eye to child abuse because they simply do not want to face the truth, others are simply unaware of what to watch for.
Children who have been abused may display emotional signs that range from subtle to severe. Little ones who have been or are being abused at daycare may refuse to get out of bed in the morning, may break down when it is time to go to daycare, or may put up a physical fight when it is time to go to the sitter.
Little ones who were once social may suddenly be shy or frightened around adults, either strangers or people they are familiar with. It is also important to be acutely aware of the signs of shaken baby syndrome; it can happen to infants, toddlers and young children.
Shaken Baby Syndrome
Children who are victims of shaken baby syndrome (SBS) can appear rigid, have glassy eyes, or be lethargic. These children may also have decreased appetite or other digestive issues. In severe cases of SBS, children may have seizures, difficulty breathing, or even heart failure.
Shaken baby syndrome typically occurs in children that are younger than 2 years old. It has been seen in children as old as 5. It is important that your child gets medical care immediately if you suspect SBS; there is no time to lose, symptoms can worsen quickly.
Beyond the Physical
When people think of child abuse, they most often think of physical or sexual abuse. Daycare workers and baby sitters can abuse children emotionally just as easily. Children who have been mentally abused may have sudden changes in behavior.
Emotionally abused children may stop talking, begin stuttering, act younger than their age in an inappropriate way, or exhibit fearful behavior. These children may also complain of minor physical ailments like headaches or stomachaches.
If you are concerned that your child has been the victim of abuse at the hands of their sitter, seek medical attention for your child as necessary. You should also contact the police. When you are able to do so, call us here at Auger & Auger.
Our experienced attorneys are here for you and your child. We have the knowledge necessary to work your case and get your child the compensation deserved. Call us today so that we can begin working on your case immediately!