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How to talk to your injured child

When your child gets hurt and you're the first one on the scene, you need to know how to talk to them. This is true for minor and major injuries, everything from a scraped knee to broken bones. Getting them to calm down can help them mentally and physically at this time, and they need you to know what to do.

First of all, remember that just telling them that they shouldn't worry or be afraid likely will not work. One psychology professor pointed out that it never has. Instead, you need to show the child that you're there for them and you can help, and this will make them feel less afraid.

You also need to remember that your child is probably not overreacting. This is brand new to them. It's frightening. It's unexpected. Kids have less control over their emotions. They do not react like adults.

As you figure out what steps to take -- from calling an ambulance to getting a bandage -- keep your child in the loop. Tell them what steps you'll take and what comes next. They often worry about the unknown, and you can take that away by walking them through it. This can also give them confidence because it shows them that you know what to do, even if they do not.

These tips can help you in the moment, but you still may have some high medical bills and other costs to deal with after your child gets medical treatment. Be sure you know if you have a right to financial compensation for those costs.

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