Child Abuse/Neglect – Warning Signs Nursing Mnemonic



  • C-Child’s excessive knowledge of sex and abusive words
  • H-Hair growth in various lengths
  • I-Inconsistent stories from the child and parent/s
  • L-Low self-esteem
  • D-Depression
  • A-Apathy, no emotion
  • B-Bruised
  • U-Unusual injuries
  • S-Serious injuries
  • E-Evidence of old injuries


Child abuse can be in many forms; physical, sexual, emotional, or neglect. Any act of commission or omission by a caregiver that harms or may cause harm to a child is child abuse. As a healthcare professional it is important to be in-tune with the preceding warning signs or indicators of child abuse.

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