Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Child Neglect Overview

Another name for Child Neglect is Child Abuse.

What is child abuse?
A person who commits child abuse displays behavior or takes actions that cause physical or emotional damage to a child, or disrupts normal development in a child. Child abuse may take the form of emotional abuse, psychological abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect.

What are the symptoms of child abuse?
Signs and symptoms of child abuse may include anxiety, depression, difficulty sleeping, night terrors, problems at school, and withdrawn behavior.

How does the doctor treat child abuse?
Treatment for child abuse includes a complete medical evaluation, child protective custody, and counseling.

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Last Updated: May 22, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Child Neglect References
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