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3 Things To Check Whenever Your Child Gets Hurt

There are few things scarier than dealing with a child’s injury. The first instinct for many parents is to panic. If you want to help your child, though, you’ll need to keep your cool. Below are three things you can check immediately after you notice that your child has gotten hurt.

Check for the Obvious

When your child is injured, it’s best to start by checking for obvious signs of serious injury. While you might not have any medical training, it’s still a good idea to look for things like deep wounds, broken bones, and signs of distress. If you think that the injury is anything more than a typical bump or scrape, it’s probably a good idea to get to the doctor. This simple first step can allow you the peace of mind you’ll need to move on, so don’t ignore this obvious step.

Determine the Cause of Injury

Next, figure out how your child was hurt. Was it due to an accident, or due to the actions of another person? The cause of an accident can have an impact on the course of treatment and on the level of concern you need to display. If your child was bitten by a dog, for example, you might want to get him or her to a hospital or clinic quickly. If another person is liable for the accident, like if your child got injured while riding along on a motorcycle, this is also the time to gather information so that the responsible party can take care of any medical bills. In these kinds of cases you may need a motorcycle accident lawyer, or a specialist that serves your needs, to make sure your child gets taken care of.

Check Your Records

If the injury is severe, it’s probably time to start getting your paperwork in order. You should know if your child’s vaccinations are up to date and which hospitals and/or doctors are within your insurance network. You should also be up to date on information like your child’s reactions to certain medications. The more information you have on hand, the less you’ll have to find. While you’ll likely have time to find this information later, it will help your stress levels to have it available. Having the right information will also help you to keep your focus on your child.

Remember, most childhood injuries aren’t serious. If your child is hurt, though, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Check on him or her first, then concentrate on figuring out how the injury happened and gathering up the information necessary for his or her treatment. If you can accomplish all of this, you’ll be able to make sure your child gets the treatment he or she needs.

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