If you have children, you probably know how dangerous your car, truck or SUV can be for them. Indeed, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motor vehicle accidents are to blame for about 25% of all unintentional injury deaths for kids under 13. Car accidents also seriously injure thousands of children every year.
To keep your children as safe as possible, you should always transport them in safety-rated car seats. You also should replace your children’s car seats as they grow. Even then, your children may be vulnerable to pediatric brain injuries even in seemingly minor car accidents.
What is a pediatric brain injury?
Like adults, children can suffer traumatic brain injuries in car accidents. These injuries can range in severity from minor to potentially life-threatening, as they interfere with the way the brain works. Consequently, if you think there is even a possibility your children’s brains are not well, you should seek emergency medical care for your kids.
What are the symptoms of a pediatric TBI?
Because kids may not yet be able to speak, you must monitor your children for the signs of a pediatric TBI after a car accident. These may include one or more of the following:
- Sleep changes
- Behavior or mood changes
- Developmental delays
It is probably acceptable to take your kids to the emergency department at your community hospital for a full examination. Ultimately, though, if your children are not receiving specialized care there, you may need to demand a referral to a pediatric neurologist.