Helping your family cope after an injury (2009)

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Helping your family cope

When a child is injured, the whole family may be affected. There may be changes in behaviors and emotions. These changes are normal and often don’t last long. Family members can work through this time together. 

What are common responses after an injury?

What can be done to help?

It takes time

The changes you see are your family's way of working through your child's injury. Your family should be able to return to a normal routine in a short period of time. If you are concerned about your family's recovery from the experience, tell a member of your child's health care team.


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.