Effects Of Physical Child Abuse

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Physical child abuse is another word for child abuse. Child abuse can be defines in more than one way, but whatever you call it, it still defines abuse at the hands of his or her caregiver. According to (http://emedicine.medscape.com) physical abuse is a form of maltreatment in which injury is afflicted on a child by the caregiver via various nonaccidental means, including hitting with a hand, stick, strap, or other object; punching, kicking, shaking, throwing, burning, stabbing, or choking to the extent that demonstrates harm results. Multifactorial nature of physical abuse refers to circumstances that may give rise to the occurrence of a child’s injury via physically abusive actions (http://emedicine.medscape.com). Children can also be affected by intimate partner violence. Children whose mother are victims of domestic violence are 6-15 more times likely to be maltreated. According to the NIS-4 study, an estimated 2400 children were known to have died as a result of maltreatment, which is an average of 4 children each day a year. Children 0-3 years accounted for 78% of the child abuse and neglect fatalities, with infants younger than 1 year accounting for 44.2% of these maltreatment-related fatalities. Despite the statistics, the estimated number of victims is much higher; in 1 retrospective cohort study of 8613 adults, 26.4% reported they were pushed, grabbed, or slapped; had something thrown at them; or were hit so hard they got marks or bruises at some time during their childhood. (Kellogg, N.D.2017). Physical abuse remain unreported. For example, in 1 study 31% of children and infants with abusive head trauma were initially misdiagnosed. Misdiagnosed victims were more likely to be younger, white have less severe symptoms,... ... middle of paper ... ...ctures from violently shaking a child back and forth. Abusive head trauma occurs when a child’s head is impacted against a surface, either soft or hard. This can cause rotation of the brain (https://emedicine.medscape.com). In conclusion physical child abuse is real and a very common problem in society today. Suspected child abuse must be recognized, comprehensive and carefully examined, evaluated, and followed up on. The most important factor is to make sure that the child is immediately protected and safety is provided. The physician is responsible for reporting, documenting, and providing the necessary information and exalted his or her expertise to investigate. It is up to the medical team to prevent abuse. Finally physicians must advocate that children who have a medical or mental problem receive the appropriate services and medications and continuity of care.
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