Hospital suggests child abuse, neglect on the rise

Over the past two years, cases of child abuse and neglect at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH, have risen 40 percent, causing experts to suggest that tough economic times may cause parents to take frustrations out on their children.

In 2008, the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at the hospital provided more consultations for cases of abuse and neglect than in any other year since they began compiling such data.

"The best way to prevent child abuse and neglect is to provide parents with the support, skills and resources they need, particularly during this difficult time," said Yvette McGee Brown, president of CCFA.

To help cool down in a moment of tension, CCFA recommends parents:

  • Take a few deep breaths and remember you are an adult.
  • Close your eyes and imagine what your child is about to hear.
  • Press your lips together and count to 10.
  • Put some space between you and your child.
  • Turn on some music and sing along.
  • Drink a glass of cold water.
  • Call a friend.

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