Rectal bleeding means bleeding from the back passage. Rectal bleeding in children can cause a great deal of anxiety but most children with rectal bleeding do not have any serious underlying problem. Rectal bleeding in children is not very common and is less common than in adults.
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Authors: Pamela A. Peer Reviewers: Allan R. Sexual abuse affects children irrespective of age, sex, socioeconomic class, or geographic location.
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Related Editorial. Child victims of sexual abuse may present with physical findings that can include anogenital problems, enuresis or encopresis. Behavioral changes may involve sexual acting out, aggression, depression, eating disturbances and regression.