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Sexual Abuse Of A Child


Sexual abuse of a child can be inappropriate touching or kissing. It can also be sexual assault or intercourse. It can even be the threat of sexual contact. The child may be abused by an adult or another child.


Call 911 for any of the following:

  • Your child feels like harming himself or herself, or someone else.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your child feels that he or she cannot cope with the abuse, or recover from it.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child is sad or depressed most of the time, or frightened of other people.
  • Your child has new signs and symptoms since the last visit.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.


Your child may be given the following:

  • Prevention medicines are given to prevent pregnancy, or viral or sexually transmitted infections.
  • Do not give aspirin to children under 18 years of age. Your child could develop Reye syndrome if he takes aspirin. Reye syndrome can cause life-threatening brain and liver damage. Check your child's medicine labels for aspirin, salicylates, or oil of wintergreen.
  • Give your child's medicine as directed. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you think the medicine is not working as expected. Tell him or her if your child is allergic to any medicine. Keep a current list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs your child takes. Include the amounts, and when, how, and why they are taken. Bring the list or the medicines in their containers to follow-up visits. Carry your child's medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider or counselor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.