Stories about: Child abuse

Three things parents can do to keep their child safe from abuse at daycare

Here in the Boston area, we’ve all been shaken by the news that a known sexual offender raped and molested children for years at a daycare just north of the city—even babies. It’s beyond horrible. For those with a child in daycare, this story is especially terrifying. You can’t help thinking: could this happen to my child?

Ultimately, the sad truth is that we can’t always stop these things from happening. That’s the thing about sexual predators like this guy: they are remarkably good at hiding what they do. They choose and groom their victims well. They seem like really nice people—so nice that the people around them either don’t suspect anything, or brush aside their suspicions.

There are, however, things that parents can do to help prevent sexual abuse—or any abuse—at daycare. 

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Against my better judgement: a week in review

I don’t usually like to do Thrive posts that wrap up a previous week’s events, but last week was an interesting and exciting week on Thrive and at Children’s Hospital Boston, so I thought I’d break my own rule just this once (and I reserve the right to break it again!)

The post by Dr. Brian Skotko (shown here with his sisters Kristin and Allison) generated a lot of conversation—and controversy.

The most widely read, shared and commented on post—by far—was Dr. Brian Skotko’s thought-provoking article, “Will babies with Down syndrome slowly disappear?” Dr. Skotko, a clinical genetics fellow in Children’s Down Syndrome Program and the brother of a young woman with Down syndrome, talked about a new study that says mothers-to-be will soon be able to get a simple blood test during the first trimester of pregnancy that will let them know if their baby will have Down syndrome. This caused Dr. Skotko to ask:

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