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Child abuse injuries on the rise, study finds

Monday, October 01, 2012

 

Child abuse injuries are on the rise. That's despite previous research suggesting fewer kids are mistreated now than in the past.

Researchers reporting in the journal Pediatrics found the increase in serious injuries was due to more babies under a year old being hospitalized.

The number of abused injured kids and teens held relatively steady.

Authors of the study say doctors need to work extra hard at catching the early signs of child abuse as well as teaching parents how to deal with stressful moments without turning to violence.

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