Parent's despair red flag for child abuse

A caregiver struggling to cope with their infant’s crying should trigger doctors’ suspicion of possible child abuse, an analysis of Australian cases reveals.

The review of 68 “shaken babies” seen at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, found most cases had no obvious prior warning flags indicating abuse.

However, 12 infants had received medical attention for signs of abuse long before the diagnosis was made, said Dr Amanda Stephens, who presented the findings last week at the annual scientific meeting of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine.

In most of these cases,

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