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New Study Suggests Child Abuse on the Rise

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Child abuse - namely in very small children, is on the rise - says one new study.

The findings of this study - published Monday in "Pediatrics Magazine" - are contrary to recent studies from government entities, which suggest child abuse is on the decline. But the researchers in this particular survey say their results prove child abuse - especially among the youngest age groups - is still a serious concern.

According to the study, there was an eleven percent increase in serious injuries inflicted on babies, and a nearly five percent increase in hospitalizations for injuries such as fractures and head injuries.

"I think it's more common than you would think - because some just don't get reported.," says Dr. Thomas Donovon of Chaddock says. 

He says one of the most important things for any frustrated parent or caregiver is to keep calm - instead of taking frustrations out on a child.  

"I think the first thing to keep in mind is really to remove yourself from the situation in that moment - utilize support, tag team with another parent if you can, and sometimes we need to take parent time outs," he says.

The CDC reports that 740,000 children are abused every year.

 

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