Child abuse prevention: doctor shares acronym TEN-4-FACESp to detect signs of physical abuse in toddlers and preschoolers


CHICAGO (WLS) – Governor JB Pritzker on Monday proclaimed “TEN-4-FACESp Day” to highlight the recognition, reporting and prevention of child abuse in Illinois.

Doctors celebrated the new proclamation at Lurie Children’s Hospital. TEN-4-FACESp is an acronym to help adults screen children with bruises, which doctors say is the most common and visible sign of physical abuse.

While bruising is not uncommon in toddlers and preschoolers, experts say the location of bruises can be helpful in distinguishing accidental injuries from those caused by physical abuse. The rule is valid for children under 4 years old.

TEN-4-FACESp represents the following: bruising on the Torso, Ears, or NOTbruising, or any bruising anywhere in an infant 4 months or younger, or bruising on the Frenulum (the small fold of tissue between the gum and the lip), Ajaw angle, VSheeks (fleshy part) Eyellow, or Subconjunctivae (the white part of the eyes), and the “p” represents if patterned bruising is present. If any of the components are true, it indicates an increased risk of abuse.

For more information, visit the Lurie Children’s Hospital website.

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