If you have children, you want them to grow up in a healthy environment. As such, you take steps to keep your kids safe at home. You also understand the inherent dangers of an automobile accident. Still, your son or daughter may sustain a serious injury even when using a seat belt correctly.
In 2018, there were more than 61,000 injury-causing car crashes in the Garden State. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention informs parents that using proper restraints is one of the more effective ways to protect kids during an automobile collision. Sometimes, though, seat belts contribute to injuries.
Seat belt syndrome
Seat belt syndrome is the general name for injuries from a vehicle’s restraints. While the condition can happen to passengers of any age, children may be at increased risk of internal injuries from seat-belt usage. As such, following any accident, you should ensure that a doctor fully examines the young one in your family for injuries. Remember, some injury symptoms may not appear immediately.
Automobile manufacturers design seat belts to accommodate adult passengers. As such, the restraints in your vehicle may not be sufficient to protect your child during an automobile collision. Furthermore, an ill-fitting seat belt may expose your young one to additional risks. Therefore, it is important that you use car seats, boosters or other appropriate devices until your son or daughter is big enough for regular seat belts. Your child’s pediatrician can help you determine when that time arrives.
A teaching moment
Research indicates that children who use seat belts are more likely to continue to use them into adulthood. As a parent, you have a role to play. By teaching your child about the importance of staying safe inside moving vehicles, you help him or her form good habits.
Even though automobile accidents can be hazardous for anyone, children may be particularly vulnerable to injuries. By understanding seat belt syndrome, you can be certain that your son or daughter receives necessary medical care after a crash.