Read Full Article from HealthyChildren.org, Official AAP Website for Parents: Child Abuse: What Every Parent Should Know

“Nearly all mothers and fathers can point to incidents in which they fell short of their ideal as parents – perhaps a moment of frustration in which they believed they were somehow abusive to their youngsters when, in retrospect, they really hadn’t been. Most parents will never actually be child abusers, and most children most never be abused.
By definition, child abuse includes a number of forms of severe maltreatment, including physical abuse, physical neglect, verbal abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse. Some unfortunate children experience multiple types of abuse. For instance, a child who experiences repeated instances of emotional abuse might also be victimized by occasional, deliberate physical violence. Severe physical abuse—even if only a rare outburst by overwhelmed parents with out-of-control anger—can inflict physical damage on children and, in some cases, death.”

Read Full Article from HealthyChildren.org, Official AAP Website for Parents: Child Abuse: What Every Parent Should Know