In 2006, 4,569 kids under the age of 18 were hospitalized as a result of child abuse; 300 of those children died. So the U.S. could use more methods to protect children, according to this story by Bonnie Rothman on Time’s Healthland. She describes a growing subspecialty — the board-certified child abuse pediatrician, “who focuses on identifying child maltreatment and neglect”. Dr. Robert Block, the current president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is a child abuse pediatrician and worked for a couple of decades to establish the specialty.
Part of the job of the child abuse pediatrician is to advocate for ways to improve parenting skills,