Quote from Jabramac
Just out of curiosity, other then wieght what else lead you to believe it was neglect? I ask because my 2 year old is tiny, about 8.5kg, but not for lack of us trying to feed her. We have had so many work ups already with our primary MD, an endocrinologist, nutritionist, psycologist, OT, PT, speech therapy and the school districts special ed department (to see if she/we needed community assistance).
It is a nagging fear and feeling that people are judging our ability to feed our child.
The child was filthy, arms and legs cyanotic, unable to obtain a pulse ox reading, temp 102.6, could not hold head up, was told by mom that child had had n/v/d for about 24hrs, and thats why she was so thin. Diarrhea episode in room, was sandlike it was so dry. This child is skeletal, eyes sunk in , dark circles, one eye red and swollen, red "bump" on side of head("from the child wrestling with parent while trying to throw up") The other 4 children were all on the smaller size, but wnl. I understand about financial reasons, not enough food, etc (specially in this area) but everyone else was well fed, and moms largest concern was how long was it going to take. Older child in room (approx 13yo girl) was more concerned about child than mom was. Told mom 4 times that child needed diaper change, then did it herself, as if used to doing it. Mom threatened to walk out when told that oldest daughter could not ride in squad during transfer. "well what do i do with her" CALL YOUR HUSBAND, while we call security to keep her there.
I won't call it if there are reasonable/believable explanations for the presenting problem, and no other evidence other than "gut"