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AIBU to go to A&E?

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MummySparkle Sat 22-Nov-14 18:24:10

Someone just reversed into the back of my car with me and both children in it. We were stationary with engine off in a parking space at sainsburys when it happened. Got shunted forward about a foot and a Big Bang. The impact was square on, by a similar sized car, no dent but a few scratches.

Both children (22months and 5months) seem fussy and were crying afterwards. Still seem out of sorts now but not crying.

I don't know whether to take them to get checked out or whether I'm being a crazy worrypot and A&E will send us home again :/

SauvignonBlanche Sat 22-Nov-14 18:26:18

Do they appear injured?

formerbabe Sat 22-Nov-14 18:26:28

I think I would go...they are still really little. They are probably shocked poor things..better to be safe than sorry I think though.

blanklook Sat 22-Nov-14 18:27:21

Go now, you have been shunted, you did not see them at the time of the impact, they could have whiplash.

caroldecker Sat 22-Nov-14 18:28:43

There shocked, don't go, this is the reason health service is so slow and rubbish for those that need it

shouldnthavesaid Sat 22-Nov-14 18:29:49

Both are very young and can't verbalise whether they're in pain, and you don't know how the impact affected them/didn't see it - I'd go.

plantsitter Sat 22-Nov-14 18:31:34

I would go with such little ones. Is there an urgent care centre you could go to instead? The baby in particular can't tell you how s/he's feeling.

notagainffffffffs Sat 22-Nov-14 18:32:54


Charitybelle Sat 22-Nov-14 18:33:24

Go. Better safe than sorry. The a&really staff will understand, don't take any risks, especially ehere children and babies are concerned.

Charitybelle Sat 22-Nov-14 18:33:41


PacificDogwood Sat 22-Nov-14 18:33:45

Were they strapped in when the impact happened?

How long ago since you were shunted?

I'd probably NOT join the throngs in A+E on a Saturday night with 2 fractious babies, but you need to judge what's in front of you.

If they were strapped in to their respective seats and it was a low speed impact, I am not sure what A+E could do for them.

plummyjam Sat 22-Nov-14 18:34:31

Bit of calpol and some distraction with cbeebies surely they'll be fine?

MummySparkle Sat 22-Nov-14 18:35:28

We're home now, I'm giving DS some dinner. He's hunched his shoulders up a few times which is odd for him. No obvious marks on either of them DD is comfort feeding and her cry is like she's a bit sore.

They were both asleep, I was on my phone waiting for OH to get the shopping so I have no idea how it affected them. My neck feels slightly stiff, but I diy know whether that's just psychological. I wouldn't take myself to A&E, but they are so little still

Timetochangeisnow Sat 22-Nov-14 18:35:48

I would take them. And I'm not for a second suggesting you are planning to claim compensation from the other driver but if you've been to A&E and have a record of shock/injuries etc it could massively help your claim!

PacificDogwood Sat 22-Nov-14 18:37:24

Your muscles in your neck and upper back react with a sudden 'spasm' when you are subjected to a sudden jolt like that - they don't let go immediately afterwards though and can be sore after a few hours.

It can take a few days/couple of weeks if you are unlucky to wear off but is harmless enough.


Tigercake Sat 22-Nov-14 18:41:14

You poor thing. I hope they are both ok.

Just a quick reminder that car seats need replacing, even after a small crash. Some insurers do cover this.

Take care. X

MummySparkle Sat 22-Nov-14 18:51:30

Oh pants, I didn't think about the car seats :/

I feel really shaken up by it all. I'm almost on theats and I don't know what to do. OH didn't see a thing. I was out of the car talking to the other driver by the time he got out of the shop, so it's all on me to decide whether the impact was bad enough to warrant taking them. I've never been in a car that's been in an accident before. The bang was louder and scarier than when I reversed into a fence post and dented it though.

The last thing I want to do is spend my Saturday evening in A&E. Minor injuries won't see DD as they don't accept patients under 1.

I'm going to call 111 and try and get an appointment with out of hours GP. That might be an idea

ClariceBeanthatsme Sat 22-Nov-14 18:51:43

I'd take them. You said both children are acting a little differently. ..DS hunching his shoulders and DD cry.

Maybe take someone with you. Also they in my experience tend to rush small children and babies through so hopefully not a long wait.

Take care flowers

Mumraathenoisylion Sat 22-Nov-14 18:54:27

Definitely best to get checked out, hope you're all ok flowers

OhYouBadBadKitten Sat 22-Nov-14 18:55:18

I would get a 5 month old checked out for sure.

Cubtrouble Sat 22-Nov-14 19:03:05

Don't listen to anyone who says don't go.

You NEED to go now. Accident and emergency! This is what the service is for not pissed up dicks after a night now.

I can't believe you are debating this on here. Get your stuff and go. NOW

rusticwomble Sat 22-Nov-14 19:04:25

Please just go. At least you can be reassured that you have done everything, and not spend the whole night worrying.

Cubtrouble Sat 22-Nov-14 19:06:58

Sorry my post was harsh. It wasn't meant to be. Hope your all ok- I'm sure you are but I wouldn't take a chance with a baby.

peggyundercrackers Sat 22-Nov-14 19:07:23

I wouldn't go, seems like a low impact collision given your description so I would have little doubt that anyone needs to see a doc.

Itsfab Sat 22-Nov-14 19:08:06

I say go purely because the children are so young.

My 9 year old and 11 year old were in the car when a stupid woman smashed into the back of us when we were stopped at a roundabout. DS was sore for a few days, as was I, but DD was okay. I didn't go to A&E with them as there would be no point but if they did need seeing I would have taken them to our private osteopath/physio.

Saturday night won't be fun but that is just tough really. You either think they need seeing or you don't and I suspect they will be triaged very quickly anyway with being so young.

One other thing, when I had to do an emergency stop the GP refused to see DS1, aged 2, to check him over so the OOH might also refuse.

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