The supervision and control over children’s health from the first day of their life is one of the essential steps to prevent the development of child abuse and negative effects of child abuse on children’s health. In this regard, the intervention of social workers may be essential because health care professionals alone cannot cope with the problem of supervision and control. Social workers should attend families regularly to control the attitude of parents to children and the physical and psychological condition of children. Children suffering physical abuse may have signs of physical abuse, such as bruises, for instance, and social workers or health care professionals can easily notice such signs of child abuse and undertake respective actions in relation to abusive parents or other individuals.
Health care professionals should focus on assisting children in their cognitive and language development and helping children to develop their academic skills to prevent negative effects of child abuse which result in impaired brain development. In this regard, the assistance of social workers, parents and community may be needed, although individuals abusing children should be excluded from the provision of help for children because their involvement may aggravate their condition. Child abuse is a serious challenge for children and health care professionals cannot cope with this problem without the assistance of other professionals, such as social workers or educators.
Health care professionals should come prepared to the treatment of chronic diseases, which may emerge as a result of child abuse, such as asthma, allergies, and others as well as other diseases that may be the result of child abuse, such as fractions, ulcers, and others. The treatment of chronic diseases is very difficult and health care professionals should develop effective strategies for the prevention of the development of chronic diseases in children, who suffer child abuse.
The psychological assistance will be needed for children, who have suffered child abuse, to prevent the development of psychological problems and development of such dangerous conditions as depression. The use of medication may also be helpful for the treatment of difficult psychological and mental health conditions. However, the use of medication should be very careful to avoid negative side effects on the development of children. The psychological help is very important for children, who have suffered abuse, because they cannot cope with their psychological problems on their own, while the lack of psychological support may provoke the development of mental health problems in children.
The supervision and control over health of patients, who have suffered child abuse, should carry on in the course of their adulthood as well, because they are at higher risk of the development of long-run health problems caused by child abuse. As child abuse may have long-run effects, health care professionals should help patients to prevent possible negative effects of child abuse. The supervision over health of patients can help them to decrease the risk of the development of chronic diseases and to cope with their health problems faster. As patients, who have suffered child abuse, have the higher risk of the development of various health problems, they naturally need more attention from the part of health care professionals.