We are in hard and challenging times economically, and it’s difficult to run multiple jobs and still have time to look after the children 24/7.
This is why most parents resort to daycare centers to look after their children while they strive to bring home the bacon.
However, it has become harder to trust daycare centers due to the alarming increase in the number of reported cases of abuse that take place in these facilities. According to statistics, in 2006, 5,321 daycare providers were found to be abusing and neglecting children in their care.
This is quite alarming. How then do you know when your child is being abused while in daycare? Here are some warning signs of daycare abuse:
- Extreme mood swings;
- Unusual interest in sexual matters;
- Fear of a particular daycare staff member.
If you notice any of these, investigate how your child is being treated in the facility.
A horrendous occurrence
Sophie is an 11-month-old baby who is being treated at BC Children's Hospital by neurosurgeons after suffering from suspected abuse while at an unnamed daycare center in the Langford area.
As revealed on a GoFundMe page set up by Sophie’s family, her mother, Kate, had come to pick her up on March 29, 2019, and found her sitting for a snack. That was when Sophie started projectile vomiting.
She was rushed to the Victorian General Hospital, where it was discovered she had a possible skull fracture and a frontal lobe subdural hemorrhage.
She was then transferred to BC Children Hospital, where further examinations showed that she had sustained a hemorrhage at the back of her eyes.
The RCMP are currently investigating the incident, and the unnamed daycare center is providing them with full cooperation.
Although Sophie isn't entirely herself, she is said to be making good progress. Our prayers are with her family.
Ways to protect your child from daycare abuse
What happened to Sophie is very unfortunate. However; to avoid such an incident, there are steps to take to protect your child from abuse.
- Always let them know they can talk to you. Ask after their day and inspect them whenever they are back from daycare;
- Look out for the warning signs we listed above;
- Properly investigate the daycare center before placing your child there.
It’s sad that little Sophie had to be a victim of such a vile act. Parents, therefore, need to be extra vigilant about their kids’ safety as no price is too big to pay.
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