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Child Concussionsfrom Car Accidents

  • About 812,000 children 17 years of age or younger were treated in emergency departments for concussion or traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in a single recent year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • About 1 in 220 children are seen in emergency rooms as a result of a concussion every year, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

How Children Get Concussions in a Car Accident

  • Striking head on hard surface in car
  • Violent jerking motion of the head without striking a hard surface
  • Defective child seats
  • Defective seat belts
  • Air bag injuries

How to Spot Symptoms of a Concussion in Your Child After an Accident

  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Temporary loss
    of consciousness
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Amnesia
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Delayed response
    to questions
  • Fatigue

How Parents Can Help Prevent Accident-Related Concussions in Children

  • Use proper child car seats that are the right size for the right age.
  • Make sure children are always properly restrained in vehicles.
  • Wear proper safety equipment for activities, such as helmets for bicycles.
  • Always be cognizant of possible symptoms of a concussion and try to get your child to understand them too.
  • Encourage children to always report any time they hit their head to an adult and have a doctor perform a checkup when necessary.
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