Child injury, mental: Also known as emotional child abuse, this is the third most frequently reported form of child abuse (after child neglect and physical child abuse), accounting 17% of all cases of child abuse.
It is likely that emotional child abuse is greatly underreported, since it can be difficult to detect and difficult to document.
Emotional child abuse includes acts of commission or omission by the parents and other caregivers that could cause the child to have serious behavioral, emotional, or mental disorders. In some instances of emotional child abuse, the acts of parents or other caregivers alone, without any harm yet evident in the child’s behavior or condition, are sufficient to warrant the intervention of child protective services. For example, the parents or caregivers may use extreme or bizarre forms of punishment, such as confinement of a child in a dark closet.
Mental child injury is also sometimes termed psychological child abuse or verbal child abuse.
- Child neglect
Child neglect: Child neglect is the most frequently reported form of child abuse (60% of all cases) and the most lethal. Child neglect is the failure to provide for the shelter, safety, supervision and nutritional needs of the child. Child neglect may be physical, educational, or emotional neglect: Physical neglect includes refusal of or delay […]
- Childbed fever
Childbed fever: Fever due to an infection after childbirth, usually of the placental site within the uterus. If the infection involves the bloodstream, it constitutes puerperal sepsis. Childbed fever was once a common cause of death for women of childbearing age, but it is now comparatively rare in the developed world due to improved sanitary […]
- Childbirth fever
Childbirth fever: Fever usually due to an infection of the placental site within the uterus. This is called endometritis. Childbirth fever is also called childbed fever or puerperal fever. If the infection involves the bloodstream, it constitutes puerperal sepsis. In Latin a “puerpera” is a woman in childbirth since “puer” means child and “parere” means […]
Childhood: (1) The time for a boy or girl from birth until he or she is an adult. (2) The more circumscribed period of time from infancy to the onset of puberty. During childhood, the potential of a unique human person must be nurtured by parents or parent figures.
- Childhood ataxia with CNS hypomyelinization
Childhood ataxia with central nervous system hypomyelinization.: An inherited brain disease that occurs mainly in children and follows a chronic progressive course with additional episodes of rapid deterioration following stress from febrile infection or minor head trauma. The disease is due to mutations in either of two genes — in either the EIF2B5 gene on […]