The age selected for this analysis of child abuse are toddlers, children aged between 0 and three years. They face the highest cases of child abuse mainly due to many of their caregivers not knowing how to talk care of them (Cook et al., 2017). At this age, the most common type of abuse they face is neglect as the parents don’t provide the proper food and nutritional affection they require. Moreover, the neglect extends to medical and other necessities that are vital for their proper development. Some of the most common signs that nurses should not are the child’s constant unrest, nutritional deficiency and parent’s lack of interest on the child’s overall health (Cook et al., 2017). A common condition that is seen in toddlers is the shaken baby syndrome a form of abusive head trauma caused by forceful shaking of the infant or toddler. With the recent rise in immigrants from Asia a common Southeast Asia, a cultural practice that has been misinterpreted by the medical community is “Cao gio” (Tanner, Catanese, Lew, & Rapkiewicz, 2016). It is a dermabrasion therapy technique that is used for various conditions such as relief of pain and nausea. In the majority of the states within the U.S. inclusive of this state, the reporting mechanisms involve the first the separation of the child from the caregiver (Tanner, Catanese, Lew, & Rapkiewicz, 2016). This is simultaneously followed with the notifications of the authorities that include the police as well as Child Protective Services. The process has to be swift to ensure maximum attention is given to the child, moreover, by contacting the police the abusers will be apprehended. Finally, the Child Protective Services will provide necessary protection to the child as well as a new home. This procedure has been proven effective in many occasions and is yet to be challenged.
Cook et al., (2017). Complex trauma in children and adolescents. Psychiatric annals, 35(5), 390-398.