Children involved in car accidents should be carefully checked for injuries, particularly those related to seat belts. Such injuries could be easy to miss in children and doctors must be especially vigilant in examining a child involved in a car accident. A review of 10 years of medical literature showed an increased risk of "seat belt syndrome" in children who were inappropriately belted during a car accident. This study was done by Dr. Harsh Grewal, of the Temple University School of Medicine and Hospital in Philadelphia, along with colleagues. "Seat belt syndrome" involves injuries to the spine and abdomen. It is recommended that any child or adolescent involved in a car accident should be evaluated for vertebral, spinal cord and intra-abdominal injuries.
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