Prevention of Abusive Head Trauma

Children under the age of five are the most likely to be affected by abusive head trauma, sometimes resulting in long-term injury or death. Fortunately, abusive head trauma is preventable when parents know the right information about infant behavior, the right audiences are addressed with hands-on training, and awareness of the frustrations of care-giving are brought to the surface. Featured in our abusive head trauma titles, here are some ways to prevent abusive head trauma.


It’s important for parents to understand what to expect with children, especially when it comes to crying. Providing caregivers with correct information will give them the knowledge and confidence in their abilities so they can avoid dangerous situations.

Parents should understand there is a pattern to crying in normal infants, known as the normal crying curve. Some children can cry for longer than half an hour and be resistant to soothing. Additionally, crying increases after two weeks after birth. As frustrating as these situations are, parents should be aware they occur and there are solutions to dealing with them.

Additionally, parents should know it is OK to ask for help. Reaching out when situations become overwhelming can prevent harm to the child.

Misinformation goes hand in hand with educating parents. Parents should know it is not easy to harm infants and it takes an extremely violent assault to create life-threatening injuries.


Because new parents may have unrealistic expectations and therefore heightened levels of frustration, courses hosted by hospitals or other healthcare settings explaining what to expect before and after pregnancy are vital.

Men are the largest offender group in cases of abusive head trauma, so men would benefit the most from early childhood education training. Although women and mothers are more likely to have heightened interest of the welfare of the infant, they are also most likely to spend long amounts of time alone with the child. Mothers are also the most efficient conduits for education to others who care for the infant, so they would also benefit from education.

With our titles covering abusive head trauma, we hope to provide professionals who work with children and parents with the most up-to-date information when confronted with abusive situations. For more information on what we do, visit our website or subscribe to our newsletter.

View our forthcoming workbooks, Adolescent and Adult Sexual Assault Assessment and Child Sexual Abuse Assessment.


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