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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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The total mean score of each parent's answers were computed and descriptive statistics were used to describe Taiwanese parents' perceptions of child's play. A One-Way ANOVA was used to determine whether a statistical difference was present in parents' perceptions of child's play when examined by parents' background information.
In order to see the distribution for parents' agreement on the contribution of child's play, the mean PPCP values were grouped into three agreement levels.
The purpose of the study was to examine Taiwanese parents' perceptions of child's play and to understand the extent to which Taiwanese parents value the importance of child's play as well as provide supportive behaviors in play.
"What is the essential structure of child's play from the perspective of Turkish early childhood educators?" As well, the following open-ended questions are asked to early childhood educators.
Thus, phenomenological method seems to be the most appropriate qualitative tradition to examine the meaning of child's play for various individuals in light, as well, of the study's purpose.
Hence, in this study, the child's play is accepted as a phenomenon that can be described by different individuals based on their own experiences and subjectivity by representing their diverse perspectives.
Gillian Chapman, an executive at Blockbusters, said: "We withdrew Child's Play 3 from Liverpool stores at the time of the trial but there are a few copies available in the area now."
Producer Seth Grahame-Smith was 12 years old when the original CHILD'S PLAY was released and remembers being absolutely terrified by it, then watching it again and again.
"I've got something for you," says Plaza as Karen to Andy in a scene, but she breaks character to add: "It's an evil doll that's going to kill us." But whilst the original Chucky was a serial killer who terrorized us through the body of a doll, the Chucky of 2019's CHILD'S PLAY is one that plays on our fears today.
If you have a child's play story to tell, please write, phone, or e-mail me - Clair Titley, Testimony Films, 12 Great George St, Bristol, BS1 5RH.
CHILD'S PLAY: Arif Ahmed and Ahmed Ali with their K-Nex Taj Mahal PICTURE: Liz Pearce Y
A guilty pleasure - but time to put the Child's Play series out to seed.

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