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Suggestions for care following a motor vehicle accident

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about care following a motor vehicle accident. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.

1. Your child can expect increasing soreness over the next 2-3 days. A stiff neck, headache and backache are the most common symptoms.
2. You can put ice on areas of bruising or soreness to decrease the pain for the first 24-48 hours. Use a cloth between the ice and the skin to protect the skin. You can apply the ice 3-4 times a day for 15-30 minutes each time.
3. Gentle massage of sore muscles may give your child some relief from soreness.
4. For the next few days, limit your child’s activities. Avoid activities that increase pain. Remember, too much resting and lying around will only make your child stiff.
5. Use prescribed medications as ordered by your physician for relief of pain.
6. Make an appointment with your doctor in ______________ days.
7. If your child has any increase in pain or appears to be getting worse, call your child’s doctor.
8. Tylenol or Advil may be used to help with pain.

This sheet is for general information only. It should not be considered complete. For specific information about motor vehicle accidents and your child, ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.


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La informacion contenida en este material es unicamente informacion de tipo general. No debe considerarse como completa. Para obtener mas informacion acerca de los complementos para leche materna, por favor pidala a su doctor.
Preparado: 1992
Corregido: 1994, 1998, 2000
Revisado: 2002, 2005

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Formulated: 1992
Revised: 1994, 1998, 2000
Reviewed: 2002, 2005


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