10 Signs of child abuse
Unexplained injuries. Visible signs of physical abuse may
include unexplained burns or bruises in the shape of objects. You
may also hear unconvincing explanations of a child’s injuries.
Changes in behavior. Abuse can lead to many changes in
a child’s behavior. Abused children often appear scared, anxious,
depressed, withdrawn or more aggressive.
Returning to earlier behaviors. Abused children may
display behaviors shown at earlier ages, such as thumb-sucking,
bed-wetting, fear of the dark or strangers. For some children, even
loss of acquired language or memory problems may be an issue.
Fear of going home. Abused children may express
apprehension or anxiety about leaving school or about going
places with the person who is abusing them.
Changes in eating. The stress, fear and anxiety caused by
abuse can lead to changes in a child’s eating behaviors, whichmay result in weight gain or weight loss.
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