There are two types of trauma – physical and psychological (mental). They are often the result of a sudden, serious or life-threatening injury.
Physical trauma refers to a sudden event that results in serious and life-threatening injuries to a child’s body, such as head or spinal trauma. It typically leads to secondary complications that need immediate medical attention.
A psychological trauma results from an event with an overwhelming amount of stress that seriously impacts a child’s emotional and mental wellbeing.
Symptoms of physical trauma vary depending on the cause of the event and effect on the body. In addition to the physical impacts like broken bones, cuts and internal organ damage, other symptoms include:
Some of the common symptoms are listed below, but can vary widely depending on the child, age and the event.
Birth to 3 years:
3 years and above: