Medical Neglect

Some homeschool parents deprive their children of medical care, or are opposed to modern medicine altogether. Some believe in faith healing, or practice unassisted home births. The results are sometimes fatal. In addition, without a school requesting medical records, there is nothing to ensure that homeschooled children visit a doctor, and some may go their entire childhoods without once being examined by a medical professional. In some cases this can have devastating consequences, leaving a child with otherwise preventable lifelong health problems.

Medical neglect played a role in each of the following cases in the HIC database: