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child

 [chīld]
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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

CHILD

Acronym for congenital hemidysplasia with ichthyosiform erythroderma and limb defects.
Synonym(s): CHILD syndrome
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

child

(chīld)
n. pl. children (chĭl′drən)
1.
a. A person between birth and puberty.
b. A person who has not attained maturity or the age of legal majority.
2.
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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child

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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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:
http://www.drmdk.com/html/ped_rheumatology.html

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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How do women and men adapt over time to the transition to biological childlessness as evidenced by their marital, sexual, and life satisfaction; self-esteem; and symptomatic psychological distress?
Some meaningful and perhaps helpful ways for spiritual leaders to show understanding and support and provide love and acceptance to infertile couples who are in need of healing are to (a) become more informed of the emotional and psychological crises of childlessness, (b) be more sensitive to the biblical passages and religious programs that tend to promote emotional insensitivity to childlessness, and (c) offer support groups and professional counseling services.
Almost one-fifth of the writing included is about children, from perspectives that have very little (if anything) to do with childlessness: children who die, or who leave the nest and shut their parents out, or who won't provide the requisite grandchild--or who provide them under less-than-ideal circumstances.
It has given me the space to theorize on my own and other women's experience of childlessness. Many of my newer friends and colleagues don't have children, and those that do are not involved in full-time care of young offspring.
"Childlessness can weigh heavily on a woman, especially in a society that considers children the ultimate goal in marriage.
According to Kanazawa, "if any value is truly unnatural, if there is one thing that humans (and all other species in nature) are decisively not designed for, it is voluntary childlessness," the New York Daily News reported
Other motifs that reflect this suggestion of the individual body as the body politic are placelessness/homelessness and absence of the mother and/or childlessness. Distributed in North America by ISBS.
Among most developed nations, one in 10 women in their late 40s have no children, and in Italy and Switzerland, the childlessness rate approaches one in four women.
The postponement of childbearing until the mid-30s or later increases the proportion of couples with fertility problems, increases the risk of becoming a fertility patient, and increases the risk of childlessness or having fewer children than desired.
The parents of the Virgin Mary, Joachim and Anna, in praying for an end to their childlessness vowed that if a child was born to them, they would dedicate him or her to the service of God.
Clare Lewis-Jones, chief executive of Infertility Network UK, said: "It is totally unacceptable that patients are denied treatment simply because of where they live or on the basis of their age, or indeed whether or not they fit the various definitions of 'childlessness' adopted by the PCTs."
Tell them you have no wish to go into details but after trying so hard to start a family, you both now agree it is better to accept childlessness than to become overwrought about it.