Caregivers who have poor parenting skills, little or no parenting
support, or unrealistic expectations of normal behavior for infants or young
children may be more likely to harm a child. They often do not know what
behaviors are normal for babies or young children and have unrealistic
expectations, such as expecting a 9-month-old to sit quietly for a long period
of time or expecting a baby not to cry.
Babies or young children who are difficult to care for, such as those
who have colic, demanding
temperaments, or physical disabilities, may trigger a
loss of control in a frustrated caregiver. A common cause of loss of control is
a crying infant who does not respond to usual measures of comforting.
Caregivers who may be more likely to shake or throw a baby or young
child include people who:
February 16, 2011
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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