Early Life Experiences
It's well known that early life experiences can affect a child's cognitive, emotional, and behavioral development. A recent study funded by NIMH takes this link one step further showing that negative childhood experiences such as abuse or neglect, can affect a person's physical health as well : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
This article will discuss Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome by Chldren's Hospital Colorado and Nebraska Dept. Of Health and Human Services. How can we prevent child maltreatment, and Professional Resources &Interventions.
Child Maltreatment, includes all types of abuse and neglect of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caregiver, or another person in a custodial role, clergy, coach, and teachers. according to CDC Research, There are four common types of abuse:
- Physical Abuse
- Sexual Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
If you are a witness to child abuse, please report it as soon as possible, a life of a child depends on it. So many times we may say ,"well it's not my business," if you can plainly see or know that a child is being abused then you should help them. A child is helpless and innocent and can not defend themselves.
Parents that need help and assistance with their child, please reach out for help- Child Welfare Information Gateway is a great resource. Families that are experiencing high levels of stress or trauma, can have a higher risk of abuse.
Children's Hospital Colorado-Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
Shaken Baby Syndrome
Shaken Baby Syndrome, is a form of abusive head trauma (AHT) and inflicted traumatic brain injury, is a preventable and severe form of physical child abuse. It results in violently shaking an infant by the shoulders, arms, or legs. SBS may result from shaking alone or from impact (with or without shaking). The resulting whiplash effect can cause bleeding within the brain or the eyes.
Nearly all victims of SBS suffer serious health consequences and at least one of every four babies who are violently shaken dies from this form of child maltreatment, research conducted by CDC.
Child abuse can is scary for a child, if they survive the abuse it will affect them for the rest of their life. National studies have shown, that more than half of children that are abused grow up to have mental and or health problems. We have to stand together as a society to end child abuse.
A Smile From A Child
We ask what is the world coming to, when our children are suffering from abuse and death everyday. Praying for God to bring peace and protect our children from harm.
A Smile From A Child
A smile from a child brings joy to your heart, the twinkle in their eye fills your heart with love
A smile from a child brightens your day, giving you meaning in a world lost in sin an pain
A smile from a child can uplift your soul, giving you meaning to carry on.
A smile from a child can take a day filled with sadness and misery to a day of love and joy.
By Carol McCullough
SBS, Nebraska Dept. Of Health and Human Services
My eyes fail from weeping I am in torment within, my heart is poured out on the ground because my people are destroyed, because children and infants faint in the streets of the city— The Living Bible Lamentations 2:11
Professional Resources & Interventions
How Can We Prevent Child Maltreatment
The ultimate goal is to stop child maltreatment before it starts. Strategies that promote safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and enviornments for children and families are key. Protecting againist maltreatment and other harmful childhood experiences is the goal, according to Child Welfare Information Gateway- The prevention strategies include:
- Improving parent and child relationships
- Teaching positive parenting skills and communication
- Appropriate discipline, and a response to a child's physical, and emotional needs
- Providing social support to parents
Ways to help prevent child abuse-Child Walfare.Gov
Treatment & Programs
Types Of Prevention
Substance Abuse Treatment
Stop the occurrence of maltreatment before it starts
Mental Health available 24hrs aday
Respite care programs for families with disable children
Focus on high risk families
Parent Mentor Programs "Role Model"
Parent education programs and support
Help to prevent the recurrence of maltreatment
Improving Family Communication and Function
What can we do to help prevent child abuse?
A lot of us grow up and we grow out of the literal interpretation that we get when we're children, but we bear the scars all our life. Whether they're scars of ugliness, it's pretty much in the eye of the beholder