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the human young, from infancy to puberty.
child abuse the nonaccidental use of physical force or the nonaccidental act of omission by a parent or other custodian responsible for the care of a child. Child abuse encompasses malnutrition and other kinds of neglect through ignorance as well as deliberate withholding from the child of the necessary and basic physical care, including the medical and dental care necessary for the child to grow up without threat to his or her physical and emotional survival. Examples of physical abuse range from burns and exposure to extreme cold to beating, poisoning, strangulation, and withholding of food and water. Members of the health care team should be alert for signs of child abuse and aware of the proper procedure for reporting suspected cases to local authorities.

Abusive parents come from all socioeconomic groups. Many have themselves been abused as children. They typically lack parenting skills and do not understand the normal developmental stages through which children progress and demand performance from their children that is clearly beyond a child's capability. Some engage in role reversal, looking to the child for protection and loving response, while at the same time denying the child satisfaction of his or her own needs. The majority of identified abusive parents are believed to want professional help in changing their behavior.
abused child/adult in the omaha system, a client problem in the psychosocial domain, defined as a child or adult subjected to nonaccidental physical or emotional injury.
autistic child a child suffering from autistic disorder.
exceptional child a child with special learning needs; he or she may have learning disabilities, be handicapped, or be gifted.
neglected child/adult in the omaha system, a client problem in the psychosocial domain, defined as a child or adult deprived of minimally accepted standards of food, shelter, clothing, and care.
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Acronym for congenital hemidysplasia with ichthyosiform erythroderma and limb defects.
Synonym(s): CHILD syndrome
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n. pl. children (chĭl′drən)
a. A person between birth and puberty.
b. A person who has not attained maturity or the age of legal majority.
a. An unborn infant; a fetus.
b. An infant; a baby.
3. A son or daughter; an offspring.

child′less adj.
child′less·ness n.
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Legal definition A person who has not attained the legal age for consent to treatment or procedures involved in research, as determined under the applicable law of the jurisdiction in which the research will be conducted
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A person who has not attained the legal age for consent to treatment or procedures involved in the research, as determined under the applicable law of the jurisdiction in which the research will be conducted Medtalk Pediatric patient. See Adopted-in child, Adopted-away child, Battered child, Chosen child, FLK, Latchkey child, Puppet child, Wednesday's child, The Wild Child.
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Patient discussion about child

Q. Could be – Arthritis in children?!? My son started to show symptoms similar to arthritis. But I know it’s a common disease in the elderly population. Could be arthritis in children?

A. You baffled me, I never thought about this idea before…children’s arthritis. So I looked up for information in the best site I know for pediatric care and here is what I found:

Q. Can cancer occur in young children? I heard that cancer happens more often as you get older. Can it happen to kids as well?

A. Cancer can happen in children, but the age of peak incidence of cancer in children occurs during the first year of life, in infants. The average annual incidence in the United States, 1975-1995, was 233 per million infants. Several estimates of incidence exist. In the U.S: Neuroblastoma comprised 28% of infant cancer cases and was the most common malignancy among these young children. The leukemias as a group represented the next most common type of cancer, comprising 17% of all cases.

Q. Is it ok not to want children? I am 33, and I know my bio clock is ticking, but I just don't want to have a child. At least not yet. Is there something wrong with me?

A. I agree with fatman, that's totally your decision.
If you feel that you're not ready yet, better to wait until you're more ready for that. Because having children is another big responsibility, and you will feel guilty if -for the sake of your age- you push yourself to have child, then morally you are not welcoming that child.

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Similarly, the schoolchildren's scores for photo E, which denoted mild anterior OB was significantly (p<0.01) greater than those of the orthodontists.
In Eastern Province, a study in Al-Khobar showed a caries prevalence of 87.5% with a mean DMFT/dmft scores ranging from 0.78 in 6-7 years old to 4.59 in 16-17 years old schoolchildren.13 Khan et al (2001)14 reported a caries prevalence of about 83% with a mean DMFT of 4.45 in Al-Hassa.
Primary schoolchildren should only be picking up papers and crisp bags that have been dropped during their break times, not dog mess that irresponsible owners have left in the street, not cigarette ends, not dregs of liquid left in cans.
SHO Khyzir Hayat told Dawn that two groups, one led by Sarfraz Khan, and the other by a land developer, were exchanging gunfire over a land issue when some schoolchildren were hit.
The regional meeting recognized that the Philippine government-hosted Searca has successfully demonstrated how school gardens can improve the health and nutrition of schoolchildren, while providing opportunities for learning by experience, as well as raising the economic well-being of their families.
Kraiem said that Tunisie Telecom and Almadanya have succeeded, during these three years of partnership to benefit 3,900 schoolchildren of rural school transport (2014/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017), i.e.
According to Evija Papule, head of the Education and Science Ministry's Education Department, the number of schoolchildren this school year will be slightly higher than in 2016/2017 school year, which is mostly thanks to a higher number of preschool children.
ACigarette NORIKO CABLE, a senior research fellow at University College London's Institute of Epidemiology and Health - who has just led a study examining whether happiness and awareness of alcohol or smoking-related harm is associated with young people's drinking and smoking behaviours - says: "Our study looked at the patterns of alcohol or cigarette use among 1,729 UK children aged 10 and 15, and our findings correlate with a declining trend in alcohol and cigarette use among schoolchildren.
A STEAM engine brought back to life by Community Programme workers at ICI Wilton got a rousing return to the tracks from 150 local schoolchildren.
Bloodhound SSC's attempt to break the land speed record and the sound barrier has given rise to the UK's largest STEM programme, inspiring schoolchildren worldwide.
by Fahad Al Ghadani / It's a decision to protect schoolchildren from being exposed to the high temperature, especially as the coming week is the last week for grades one to four, said Humood Al Harthi, undersecretary of the Ministry of Education.