Signs of Abuse in Children
Child abuse is the physical injury of a child under circumstances that indicate that a child’s health or welfare is harmed or at substantial risk of being harmed.
- Displays sexual behavior and/or uses sexual language that is not age appropriate.
- Behavioral regression
- Self-injurious behavior
- Suicidal thought and symptoms of depression
- Sleep disturbance, nightmares, bedwetting
- Unexplained changes in child’s behavior: avoiding physical contact, isolating themselves, excessive bathing or refusal to bathe
- Painful urination or defecation
- Pain, bleeding, or discharges in genitals, anus or mouth
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Persistent or recurring pain during urination and bowel movements
- Wetting and soiling accidents unrelated to toilet training
If you are concerned about child sexual abuse find out how to make a confidential report here: http://dhr.maryland.gov/child-protective-services/reporting-suspected-child-abuse-or-neglect/.