Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Veronica James | 2011-01-21

Q.

What is causing this act?

Hi doc. I have an issue I need some help with. My husbands step sister''s baby girl, who is only going to be 2 in the next month has been acting really strange lately towards men in general. See the thing is, my husbands mum was taking care of the baby from the time she was born &  they were very close obviously being grandmother &  grand daughter. About 2 months ago my mum.inlaw started a job so she couldnt take care of baby so they arranged for the baby''s fathers mother to take care of her but the thing is, that house hold is very different. Theres alot of men who come in &  out of that house due to the sons of the house. The baby started acting very strange when my husband was touching her tummy &  playing with her, she pushed his hand away &  keeps saying " hit"  &  she hits him on his hand.My mum.inlaw did say that whenever she needs to have a bath she screams &  cries yet she never did that when she was living with my mum.inlaw, my husbands brother bought her a dress &  wanted to put it on her &  she refused, she doesnt like any men to stand around her when she baths &  she doesnt even like her dad to change her nappies. Her mum is the dumbess woman in the world, she ignores this everytime we bring it up, she doesnt look at the signs the baby gives her she just doesnt care. She now developed oral herpes &  we all are going crazy thinking could this poor child be getting sexually hurt in anyway &  she has a mother who doesnt even care to look into the matter. COuld you tell me why she is acting this way

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your question is superbly written and full of information. It is very possible indeed that this little 2-year old girl has been sexually interefered with and/or possibly smacked or hit by one or more of the adults and young men at the house she now stays at. The fact that she has developed herpes is of concern. Have you checked for any sign that she may have genital herpes? I know that you are concerned about this little girl.Unfortunately her mother is not going to do anything to help her it would seem.You would do this little girl a great favour by ensuring that she is taken out of her present daytime environment.Posssibly your mother-in-law needs to look after her again. You should also immediately report this situation to your nearest social worker.

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