Improper use of the seat belt increases the risk of serious injury to children involved in car accidents. Seat belt injuries should alert physicians to look for signs and symptoms of serious consequences, particularly spinal cord injuries that are usually not immediately visible. If the doctor does not look very closely for spinal cord injury, they can go unnoticed with disastrous consequences for the child's health.
A team of researchers from Temple University School of Medicine and Hospital, USA, concluded after analyzing the medical records of children involved in road accidents over the past 10 years, that those children who were wearing seat belts had an increased risk of developing "seat belt syndrome", a complex of lesions in the spine and abdomen. Car accidents, the most common cause of injury and death in children, are also the most common cause of spinal cord injury in children and adolescents.
Boys are more frequently affected than girls and the incidence increases with age. Children between the ages of 4 and 8 are most often affected due to improper use of the seat belt. In general, the seat belt and restraint devices should be adjusted according to the age, weight and height of the child.
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August 15, 2007