Clinical Reference Systems: Pediatric Advisor 10.0
Danger Signals of Potentially Abusive Day Care Providers
The overwhelming majority of child care providers are
loving, trustworthy people. There are a few, however, who
are unfit to care for children.
You may not always be able to detect potential problems
before enrolling your child. The warning signals below help
provide some clues to possible physical or sexual abuse. Do
not jump to conclusions, but do pay attention to your child
and look into possible reasons underlying troubling
- Sudden dislike of or reluctance to go to caregiver.
- Sudden sexual acting out (sexually precocious language,
enactment of sexual acts including oral sex).
- Sudden hesitation over showing or receiving affection.
- Sudden sleep problems (nightmares, fear of dark or being
- Regression to baby behaviors (bedwetting, thumbsucking,
- Unusually nervous or aggressive behavior.
- Caregiver or center does not welcome your unannounced
- Caregiver or center does not willingly provide the names
and numbers of other parents who have children enrolled.
- Bruises, swollen areas, lacerations or other marks.
- Implausible explanations by child or caregiver regarding
- Anything your child says regarding physically or sexually
abusive or inappropriate behavior.