Signs of Abuse

  • Highly emotional behavior
    • Withdrawn behavior
    • Angry outbursts
    • Depression
  • Nightmares or other sleeping difficulties
  • Drastic changes in eating patterns
  • Not wanting to be left alone with particular individual(s)
  • Recurring urinary problems
  • Unusual clinginess
  • Spacing out at odd times
  • Reverting to more childish behaviors (e.g., thumb-sucking, bedwetting, etc.)
  • Sexual language, knowledge, and/or behavior inappropriate for the child's age

If you have questions about your child displaying any of the above behavior, contact your pediatrician or other health professional.

This page was last updated: July 18, 2013

         
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