Treatment Factors

  • A relatively mild burn in an adult can be very serious in a child
  • Bones are not mature until 18-21 years of age
  • Children have relatively larger tongues than adults - which can make it more difficult to clear their airway
  • "Growth plates" make children prone to specific types of fractures and can complicate treatment decisions for a doctor
  • A young sports player is more vulnerable to injury during "growth spurts" - due to lack of flexibility, reduced strength and diminished coordination, endurance and balance
  • Traumatic bone and joint injuries in children are frequently misdiagnosed and failure to appropriately treat these injures can lead to long-term disabilities
  • Children often maintain a normal blood pressure right up until their blood vessels collapse
  • Children are much more susceptible to hypothermia than adults