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Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Marie | 2007/06/07

Q.

Trauma - Child in car accident

Dear Prof,

My granddaughter (4) was in a car accident 2 weeks ago (car written off) but my son in law and daughter escaped without a scratch. The airbags helped so much as well as the fact that she was strapped in her car seat.

My question is what should we look out for wrt stress/trauma that she experienced? Could the stress take its toll much later? She seems to be fine at this stage. Talks a lot about "the naughty man who broked Daddy's car"!

Your answer will be much appreciated!

From a very blessed and thankful Granny,

Marie Herbst.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

As my father always taught me-a car can always be fixed or replaced but you can't replace a human life. This illustrates the importance of strapping your child into a safe car seat.
She seems remarkably mature about the crash and because her parents are unscathed she is reassured. If she has problems in sleeping or has repeated episodes of night terrors she will need some psychological counselling. Now she need slots of love and reassurance and grannies and grandpas are very important in the healing process.

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