Physical Child Abuse Guidelines

Updated: Jun 15, 2023
  • Author: Tagrid M Ruiz-Maldonado, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Guidelines Summary

American Academy of Pediatrics

Child physical abuse guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) were updated in 2015 and reaffirmed in 2021. They include new information on the lasting effects of abuse and highlight risk factors for abuse and abusive injuries that are frequently overlooked. [1]

According to current guideline consensus, not all injuries require a comprehensive laboratory work-up. Instead, testing should be driven by the history and physical exam, as well as the prevalence and known natural history of the disease being considered.