Child abuse and maltreatment

Child abuse and maltreatment is not limited to a particular age—it can occur in the infant, toddler,
preschool, and school-age years. Choose one of the four age groups and outline the types of abuse most
commonly seen among children of that age. Describe warning signs and physical and emotional
assessment findings the nurse may see that could indicate child abuse. Discuss cultural variations of health
practices that can be misidentified as child abuse. Describe the reporting mechanism in your state and
nurse responsibilities related to the reporting of suspected child abuse.

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