How to Identify When Your Child’s Regressive Behavior Indicates Daycare Provider Abuse or Neglect

Regression can be a sign of abuse or neglect.When adults learn new skills, we usually do so at a steady pace, retaining what we have learned. Young children, however, tend to progress in spurts. Losing skills or taking a few steps back in the learning process is called regression. Some signs of regression include:

  • Having accidents when the child had previously been potty trained
  • Becoming overly clingy
  • Suddenly being afraid of the dark
  • Reverting back to old habits, such as thumb-sucking or wanting a pacifier

Regression Is a Response to Stress

Regression is most often a response to the stressors in your child’s life. Some normal circumstances that can cause regression include:

  • A new sibling becomes part of the family
  • Divorce or death
  • A major illness on the part of the child or a family member
  • A move to a new home
  • A change in the normal childcare routine

Unfortunately, regression can also be a sign of an abusive or neglectful situation at daycare.  

Signs of Abuse or Neglect 

If you have ruled out most situations and suspect there is abuse or neglect at daycare, it’s crucial that you look for other signs so you do not make a premature accusation.

Identifying the signs of daycare abuse will depend on what form it comes in. All types of abuse are damaging to children, and often the side effects can stay with your child for a lifetime. The most common types of abuse include the following:

  • Neglect
  • Physical abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Sexual abuse

In some cases, kids may be too young to verbalize what is going on, or they might be afraid to tell you what is happening to them. Because children often don’t have the verbal skills to describe a negative situation, it is up to parents to be alert for behaviors or physical signs that abuse or neglect is happening.

If your child is experiencing regression with no readily identifiable cause, other signs that could suggest abuse or neglect include:

  • Showing fear or anxiety toward the daycare center or a specific employee
  • Unexplained bruises, cuts, or welts
  • Night terrors or nightmares
  • Urinary tract infections or soreness around the genitals
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Aggressive behavior towards other children
  • A general lack of supervision when you visit the facility 

Your pediatrician can address your concerns about your child’s regression in greater detail. However, as a parent, it’s important that you trust your instincts if you suspect your child’s safety is in question. 

If you believe you have enough evidence that abuse or neglect is taking place, report your concerns to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Suspected abuse can be reported online or by phone 24/7. 

What the Button Law Firm Can Do to Help

It is important that working families be aware of the signs of daycare abuse and neglect. The facilities we trust to care for our children are often not providing the quality of care that they should. 

If you believe your child is being harmed at daycare or any other child care facility, please don’t hesitate to contact our experienced daycare abuse attorney at the Button Law Firm. We represent children and families from all over Texas, including the Houston and Dallas metroplex areas.

We can help you file a civil claim to seek compensation for medical expenses, your child’s mental anguish, and other expenses related to the abuse. This claim is separate from any criminal charges that may be filed for abuse or neglect. 

In addition to relieving the financial burden abuse or neglect can create, filing a daycare lawsuit can also help to ensure that other children are not subject to the same mistreatment your child has suffered. Schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation today to learn more.