Daycare Injuries: What You Should Know
Many parents worry about leaving their kids in daycare, particularly if they’re unfamiliar with the location and the staff there. If you’re a parent concerned about an injury your child sustained, you should understand what wounds your kid is likely to encounter while playing and which ones might be indicative of a more significant problem.
Most children will get injured while playing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 200,000 kids ages 14 and under are taken to the emergency room each year for injuries sustained on a playground. Most of these incidents occur at schools and daycare centers with the injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to major traumas, such as fractures and strangulation. Highly supervised playgrounds shouldn’t pose too much of a safety issue for your child, but some injuries are expected if they play outside with other children.
Falling objects and bottle warmers are two other prevalent types of daycare hazards. Children who try and climb shelves or bookcases can often fall off the object or cause the object to fall on them. Sufficient supervision ensures these injuries can be prevented. Bottle warmers can be dangerous for children under the age of 4, who might be tempted to see a cord hanging down from the table and pull on it.
While minor injuries every once in a while are usual, there are things you should keep in mind to prevent your child from being subjected to abuse. Child abuse isn’t always overt, but if your child has three or more injuries in various stages of healing, this may signal ongoing mistreatment requiring investigation. Cuts, sores, and bruises on their face and arms can also be a danger sign, as can bite marks and burns. Tufts of missing hair might also indicate hair-pulling as a form of abuse, and look out for shapes of imprints (like hand prints, buckles, or belts).
Child sexual abuse is also a potential danger to consider, and the emotional toll this could take on a child can last well into adulthood. There are often no physical signs of sexual abuse, but your child may exhibit symptoms of sexual abuse, such as seeking out affection in an inappropriate manner, pain or soreness in the genital area, frequently coming home with gifts and toys from the daycare, and viewing their body as filthy or repulsive.
If you think your child is being abused contact law enforcement as soon as possible. In addition, talk to one of our skilled Walnut Creek personal injury lawyers. Anyone abusing children should be held accountable for their actions, and we can help you seek compensation for your child’s medical bills and pain and suffering.
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