Child Abuse May Trigger Serious Health and Behavioral Problems in Your Child
The understanding of the word 'abuse' remains limited within an action. What we fail to realize is abuse is never just an isolated action or actions. The after effects of abuse are of much concern. The victim often develops Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and carries the abuse in his or her mind for a long period. Children going through their formative years are more receptive to the outer world to form their personality and identity. The graveness of child abuse, therefore, becomes even more traumatic.
Looking out for signs of past maltreatment is noted as a vital part by the American Academy of Pediatrics when dealing with cases of child psychology. Aversion to particular issues, sights and smell can be the resultant of a traumatic experience. The physical or behavioral problem in the child can be the consequence of abuse or neglect. The ramification of abuse or neglect in the child can be manifold, reported Fox News.
- Lack of interest in usual activities
- Sleep disturbance
- Changes in appetite
- Drop in grades
- Disruptive or defiant behaviors
- Chronic stress
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
According to The News, the biggest problem of child abuse is that the victims are kids who probably would suppress the incident. It cannot be imagined that reporting such crimes would be actively pursued by children themselves. The perpetrator moreover can be a family member as well. This makes it harder for the child to raise a concern.
The onus then lies on the family, school and surrounding to listen and keep an attentive eye on the tell-tale signs of child abuse. To be vigilant, to communicate with your child and to teach them the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behavior are a must follow for child care.