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Sexual abuse of children - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hello
User :   hello
Doctor :  
how can i help u?
User :   i was wondering if you could tell me what the signs of a child being abused are?
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
Sores, burns, bruises on body.
Doctor :   Soiled diapers, dirty hair, unwashed clothes, body odor. Sometimes weight loss and lackluster skin and/or hair can indicate neglect, particularly in a proper or sufficient diet.
Doctor :   There are warning signs of sexual abuse of children, too. Precocious behavior; sexual knowledge, through language or behavior, that is beyond what is normal for their age; copying adult sexual behavior; inappropriate sexual behavior such as kissing on the mouth and/or attempting to insert tongue in your mouth; soreness, redness, chaffing around genitals; habitual sleeping with parent of opposite sex in pre-teen or older; reluctance or outright refusal to let you wash or dry those parts of the body; persistent sexual play with other children, themselves, toys or pets
User :   is there anything else that might indicate that such of abuse
Doctor :   sexual abuse?
User :   yes and if so how do you know who is doing it?
Doctor :  
# Sudden change in behavior like crying or losing temper without provocation. Showing increased timidity or fearfulness. Withdrawal from family and friends.
# Regression to infantile behavior like bed wetting and/or sucking thumb.
# Disrupted sleep pattern. Fear of the dark or having nightmares.
# Expressing affection to adults or peers in ways that have sexual undertones.
# Unexplained rashes, bruises or injuries.
# Stained or torn underwear.

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