Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Child Abuse Clues of Abuse

Clues of child abuse include:

  • The historical features of an injury are inconsistent with the type or severity of injuries
  • Poisoning in an infant: infants less than 6 months old are not able to cause an accident
  • Child and parent offer stories that are not consistent
  • The historical features keep changing as more questions are asked
  • Similar injuries have occurred in siblings
  • The caregiver delays seeking treatment
  • The caregiver and child show abnormal social interaction

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Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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