Child Abuse

Jun 15, 2006 Issue
Failure to Thrive as a Manifestation of Child Neglect [Practice Guidelines]

Failure to thrive in infants and children may develop as a result of neglect, and in its extreme form it may result in death. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published a clinical report guiding the assessment, management, and support of children with failure to thrive as a manifestation of child neglect.

Dec 1, 2005 Issue
AAP Report on Assessment of Sexual Abuse in Children [Practice Guidelines]

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released recommendations for the recognition of possible sexual abuse in children, the need for diagnostic testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in these children, and determination of the need to inform child protective services.

Jan 15, 2002 Issue
It Sounds Like Child Abuse--But Is It? [Curbside Consultation]

Physicians face a daunting task when they have to report allegations of child abuse.

Mar 1, 2001 Issue
Evaluating the Child for Sexual Abuse [Article]

Child victims of sexual abuse may present with physical findings that can include anogenital problems, enuresis or encopresis. Behavioral changes may involve sexual acting out, aggression, depression, eating disturbances and regression. Because the examination findings of most child victims of sexua...

May 15, 2000 Issue
Evaluation of Physical Abuse in Children [Article]

Family physicians who are involved in the care of children are likely to encounter child abuse and should be able to recognize its common presentations. A history that is inconsistent with the patient's injuries is the hallmark of physical abuse. A pattern of physical findings, including bruises and...

Mar 15, 1999 Issue
Primary Prevention of Child Abuse [Article]

In 1993, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect declared a child protection emergency. Between 1985 and 1993, there was a 50 percent increase in reported cases of child abuse. Three million cases of child abuse are reported in the United States each year. Treatment of the abuser has had ...

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