Five Ways Parents Can Help Prevent Child Abuse
Taking care of an infant or young child can be very stressful. All parents and caregivers are at risk for frustration. Whether your are a parent, family member, friend or neighbor, there are simple but important ways you can help prevent child abuse.
- Be a caring parent. Children need to know that they are special and loved.
- Help a friend, neighbor, or relative. Being a parent is stressful. Offer support to take care of the children, so the parent(s) can take a break.
- Take a break. Taking care of a child can be very stressful. When you feel frustrated or stressed while caring for your child, take a break.
- If your baby cries… Sometimes babies cry for no reason and won’t stop no matter what you do. Parents and caregivers need to learn how to deal with this stress, because when a parent or caregiver loses control the results can be harmful. Never shake a baby. Even a brief moment can cause serious damage.
- Report suspected abuse or neglect. If you have reason to believe a child has been or may be harmed, call your local department of children and family services or your local police department. A list of telephone numbers and contact information is available from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families