Infants and Auto Accidents: Diagnosing an injury takes vigilance on your parrt.
Posted on Dec 09, 2009
Infants cannot speak for themselves. They cannot tell you (other than through generalized screaming) if something hurts, is stiff and painful, or isn't working right. The instinct after an auto accident is to think "I'm alive, I must be o.k." This is normal. Of course, you may not be all right, as symptoms can take hours, if not days, to materialize.
If your infant seems to be fine, a wave of relief will probably wash over you. Still, it is a good idea to have your child checked out by a doctor. The forces generated in an automobile accident are immense, and the manner in which they effect an individual body are not identical. Body positioning, musculature, and age have a lot to do with how one reacts to the concussive shock sustained by their body. It's better to be safe than sorry, and to have your infant checked out even if they seem to be fine, and even if the accident didn't seem overly severe.