Child Abuse: Signs of Neglect - Topic Overview
Specific signs of neglect include:
- Hunger, inadequate growth or low weight from poor
nutrition, or unmanaged obesity.
- Developmental delays.
- Lack of attention to personal cleanliness. The child
may be very dirty, smelly, or unkempt.
- Inappropriate or lack of
clothing for the season.
- Delay or failure to get needed health
- Not following health care
- Pattern of tardiness or missing school.
Signs of a poor home environment that may indicate neglect
- Lack of shelter, heat, water, bedding, or
- Insufficient sleeping
- Unsanitary conditions and housekeeping
- Structural and fire hazards.
Behavior patterns that may indicate neglect include:
- Substance abuse. A child who is poorly
supervised by parents may have access to drugs or alcohol and develop related
- Poor social skills. Neglected children may not
have appropriate role models to learn responsible behavior. They may also lack
opportunities to interact with peers.
- Poor school performance,
tardiness, or absenteeism. Neglected children may not have enough supervision
to help them prepare for and get to school regularly.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
December 10, 2010
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