Signs that Your Child Has Suffered Neglect at Daycare

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As a parent, it’s only natural that you want to care for your children as much as you can. That said, ending children to daycare is a necessity for many parents, and it’s important for you to be able to trust that your kids will be well cared for while they are there. Unfortunately, some daycares are not careful about who they hire or do not have adequate policies in place to make sure that children get the care they deserve. When this happens, children can suffer extremely serious injuries.

Signs of Neglect

The signs of neglect can be hard for parents to spot. In many cases, they are more subtle than the signs of outright abuse, which should be reported to the authorities immediately. Neglect, on the other hand, does not always result in noticeable injuries (although it can). Instead, it involves failing to provide adequate care or supervision, which can result in ongoing physical and emotional issues. Some of the more common signs of daycare neglect include:

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Soiled diapers
  • Poor hygiene
  • Injuries caused by other children
  • Diaper rash
  • Infections
  • Thirst or hunger
  • Fearful or aggressive behavior
  • Untreated bruises, cuts, or scrapes

These are just a few of the more common signs of neglect. As a parent, you should be on the lookout for anything that seems out of the ordinary. In some cases, your child may be too embarrassed to tell you about the neglect or not even know that it is occurring.

What to Do if You Notice Signs of Neglect

If you suspect that your daycare’s staff is neglecting your child, there are certain steps you can take to protect your and your child’s rights. First of all, you should document any signs of neglect that you observe and bring them to the attention of the nursing home’s administration. If you strongly suspect abuse and believe your child may be in danger, you should make other arrangements for his or her care immediately.

If your child has suffered injuries, take him or her to your pediatrician and ask for a thorough evaluation. It’s important to see the doctor in order to create a paper trail regarding your child’s injuries, as you may need to have documentation when it comes time to make a claim. Finally, you should contact an attorney as soon as you can. Once you are represented by a lawyer, you can focus on helping your child move past the neglect and finding a daycare that provides adequate care in a supportive environment.

Contact Salam & Associates for a Free Case Evaluation

If you believe your child has suffered physical or emotional injuries because of daycare neglect, you should call an attorney as soon as possible. At Salam & Associates, we’re committed to helping victims recover the compensation they deserve. Our lawyers are licensed in Texas, New Mexico, Michigan, and D.C. To schedule your free consultation, call our office today at 866-640-8998 or contact us online.


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