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Car accident involving a child

Of the thousands of reportedly injured people involved in an auto accident each day, children make up about 3%. Now, this may seem low but this statistic only reflects reported car accident injuries which means there may be plenty more that authorities or insurance companies are not made aware of. The most popular reason there are so many unreported accident injuries regarding children is because their pain and symptoms were either minimized or unobserved.

Common Car Accident Injuries Sustained by Children

There are a variety of injuries, minor and major, that can occur to anyone involved in a car accident. For children, there are a few common injuries that would be ideal to be observant of in a child you know:

  • Airbag injuries
  • Concussions
  • Lacerations
  • Damaged nerves
  • Seatbelt
  • Whiplash
  • Dislocated joints
  • Spinal cord injuries

Steps to Take After a Car Accident Involving a Child

A parent’s natural instinct is to be protective of their child so the first thing you would do naturally is check if the child is seriously or visibly injured. But you shouldn’t dismiss the injuries you may not be able to see. Just like adults, children do not always experience symptoms of an accident until later. Depending on the age, comprehensiveness, and other factors of the child, you may not get a definitive answer on how they are feeling. It is best to let a professional handle this matter by taking them to get evaluated by a medical doctor or chiropractor. A medical provider is going to fully examine the child, perform functional and orthopedic testing, and decide on a diagnosis and treatment if necessary. An evaluation is important to have done regardless of them being in pain or not because it is better to be safe and rule out negative possibilities. Undermined symptoms are one of the leading causes of chronic conditions in children and adults; they are costly, extensive and at many past points completely avoidable.

Treatment Options For Children Involved in Car Accidents

Pay close attention to any child you may know after they have been involved in a car crash and heed the recommendation for an auto accident evaluation for all parties involved. After an initial emergency room or primary care doctor visit, you should continue to monitor your child's well being and schedule follow up care. Follow up care is typically provided by a chiropractor and rehabilitation clinicians and may include spinal adjustments, manual therapy, and physical therapy.

Overall, although children are typically much more resilient than adults, they can be susceptible to long term post car accident injuries. It's best to get your child checked out immediately after an accident, as well as long term to ensure that you catch any potential injuries as soon as possible. This will help you prevent lasting injuries and chronic conditions. 

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