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Child Abuse Case 3


The mother of a 3-month-old baby is concerned because she noticed that the baby has red eyes. He was fine when he went to bed; no URI symptoms, no cough, no vomiting, and no fevers. He awakened the next day with this finding.


Case 3

Source: A. S. Botash, MD, used with permission


Which of the following is a true statement regarding this finding?

  1. It is caused by ruptured blood vessels in the sclera.
  2. Coughing is a common cause in infants.
  3. This finding is suspicious for attempted strangulation.
  4. A and C.

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