Sometimes, finding out if abuse has been going on at a daycare facility is very difficult. For obvious reasons, any rational person will wonder whether or not they’re just imagining a worst case scenario fantasy and completely overreacting. Don’t discount your instincts as a parent. They’re there for a reason, and you shouldn’t take risks if something seems awry at the daycare facility you use. Some types of abuse, however, become obvious once they’re seen and this is almost more difficult to deal with at times.
Bruising of any sort should always be examined. Of course, children bruise themselves all the time. In fact, a bit of vigorous exercise is good for children and, oftentimes, that’s when they’re having the most fun. A lot of children enjoy telling you war stories about how they got this bruise or that scrape. When they don’t want to talk about it, however, it usually means that something’s wrong. Children are usually very honest—sometimes to a fault—and when they close off emotionally to their parents, there may be something going on during the day that needs to be addressed. Be especially wary of bruises in areas where adults tend to grab children, such as the wrists and elbows.