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Suspected Physical Child Abuse

Physical child abuse is an important cause of pediatric morbidity and mortality and is associated with major physical and mental health problems that can extend into adulthood. The most common abusive injuries include bruises, burns, fractures, and head injuries. Recognition and appropriate management of physical maltreatment by emergency department providers is critical, as the emergency department may be the first and/or only medical contact for the child.

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Bottom Line: NICE Guidance: Child maltreatment: when to suspect maltreatment in under 16s

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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

This guideline covers the signs of possible child maltreatment in children and young people aged under 18 years. It aims to raise awareness and help health professionals who are not child protection specialists to identify the features of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect and fabricated or induced illness.