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It is incredibly difficult when a parent grapples with the notion that their child might be experiencing neglect or abuse at the hands of a childcare provider, especially when the child lacks the ability to articulate their experiences. It's essential to remain vigilant for signs of mistreatment in daycare and be attuned to symptoms of abuse.

Even older children may hesitate to confide in their parents due to fear. Our daycare injuries lawyer recommends trusting your intuition and being proactive in recognizing these signs if you suspect any wrongdoing.

Signs of Daycare Abuse and Neglect in Texas

Many working parents find it difficult to juggle home and work responsibilities. While you are at work, you need to be able to trust that your child is being well cared for at their daycare center. In the chaotic rush of parenthood, the relentless pace leaves little room for examining the finer points, causing us to inadvertently miss important details.

In the daily hustle of balancing work and family life, parents often find themselves navigating a demanding routine: rushing out the door for work, hurriedly collecting their children from daycare, hastily preparing meals, and swiftly ushering their children through bedtime rituals. Amidst this routine, spanning Monday through Friday, crucial signs indicating potential abuse or neglect in daycare settings may inadvertently go unnoticed. Despite our earnest efforts to provide for our families, it's imperative to recognize when the demands of our jobs overshadow the needs of our children. Therefore, it's essential for parents to intentionally carve out time to engage with their children, asking thoughtful questions and attentively observing their responses for any indications of distress or discomfort.

Knowing what to look for and ask, our Dallas Daycare Injury Attorneys explain, can make spotting abuse a lot easier.

Your child may have been abused, mistreated, or neglected at daycare if you notice the following signs:

The following behaviors may indicate that your child has been physically abused at daycare:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Flinching in response to your movements
  • Reluctance to go to daycare
  • Becomes aggressive with siblings or pets
  • Becomes shy or withdrawn
  • Becomes clingy or fearful

Sexual abuse can be even more challenging to identify. Sexual abusers are master manipulators and often threaten victims to keep them quiet.

The following may be signs of sexual abuse at daycare: 

  • Displaying inappropriate sexual behavior or knowledge
  • Unusual anxiety or fearfulness
  • Sleep disturbances or nightmares
  • Regression to infant-like behavior, such as bedwetting or thumb-sucking
  • Painful urination or bowel movements
  • Becomes unusually shy or withdrawn
  • Becomes unusually angry or aggressive

The recognition that your child might have experienced abuse is deeply distressing. Despite the reluctance to consider such a possibility, it's imperative to take action upon any suspicion. Prioritize seeking medical assistance if your child shows any signs of injury. Additionally, conducting unannounced visits to the daycare facility during unconventional hours can offer clarity and potentially confirm your concerns.

Report the Abuse and Hold the Daycare Center Accountable

If you can verify the abuse, you should report it to the police immediately.

While the police will investigate and make criminal charges if necessary, you will want to contact a daycare abuse attorney. Even if the abuse was perpetrated by an individual, the owners or director of the daycare center could also be held liable for compensating your child for her injuries and pain and suffering as they hired an unqualified daycare caregiver.

Don't be alarmed if the Department of Family Protective Services shows up at your house as it is part of their investigative course. To learn more about why the DFPS is at your house after reporting an incident at the daycare check out our article that explains it all in detail: 

Why Is The Department of Family Protective Services Showing Up At My House? 

Contact The Button Law Firm If Your Child Was Injured Due to Negligence at Daycare

If your child has been put in serious danger at a daycare facility due to negligence, taking immediate action is crucial to protect their safety and well-being. Contact The Button Law Firm today to discuss your legal options. Our experienced team is dedicated to advocating for families like yours who have been affected by daycare negligence.

Don't hesitate to reach out to us for a free case evaluation to learn how we can help you seek justice and recovery for the harm your child has endured. You can contact us 24/7 by calling (214)699-4409, emailing [email protected], or filling out our contact form. You can also reach our team by starting a chat on our website.

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Dallas, Houston, and Midland Texas trial and personal injury lawyer dedicated to securing justice for clients.