Child Abuse: Signs of NeglectSkip to the navigation
If you want to save this information but don't think it is safe to take it home, see if a trusted friend can keep it for you. Plan ahead. Know who you can call for help, and memorize the phone number.
Be careful online too. Your online activity may be seen by others. Do not use your personal computer or device to read about this topic. Use a safe computer such as one at work, a friend's house, or a library.
Specific signs of neglect include:
- Hunger, inadequate growth, or low weight from poor nutrition.
- Lack of attention to personal cleanliness. The child may be very dirty, smelly, or unkempt.
- Inappropriate or lack of clothing for the season.
- Delay or failure to get needed health care.
- Not following health care recommendations.
- Pattern of tardiness or missing school.
Signs of a poor home environment that may indicate neglect include:
- Lack of shelter, heat, water, bedding, or clothing.
- Insufficient sleeping arrangements.
- Unsanitary conditions and housekeeping problems.
- Structural and fire hazards.
Behavior patterns that may indicate neglect include:
- Substance abuse. A child who is poorly supervised by parents may have access to drugs or alcohol and develop related behavioral problems.
- Poor social skills. Neglected children may not have appropriate role models to learn responsible behavior. They may also lack opportunities to interact with peers.
- Poor school performance, tardiness, or absenteeism. Neglected children may not have enough supervision to help them prepare for and get to school regularly.
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofMay 3, 2017
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2018 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.