The Good-Bye Syndrome

It has a name…

Kids These Days
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Backover accidents are definitely in the public awareness right now with the death of Steven Curtis Chapman’s 5 year old daughter last week. In a community near where we live over the weekend a 13 month old toddler was killed in a church parking lot when her mother accidentally ran her over.

Absolutely heart-wrenching and tragic and this makes every parent draw in a shakey breath and think. It has to…

Then I read this morning that they have given this tragedy a name:

The Good-Bye Syndrome

It’s been given this name because often the reason a child has run out onto the driveway when someone is leaving is to say good-bye one more time.

I also read one mother’s account of what happened when she accidentally ran over her own toddler. It was gut-wrenching. This story had a happy ending and her son survived and completely recovered, I’m relieved to say.

According to the national advocacy organization Kids and Cars, approximately 50 children are backed over by vehicles every week. Forty-eight of those children are treated in emergency rooms, but approximately two die each week. Most of the children are between the ages of 12 months and 24 months old.

In more than 70 percent of these incidents, a parent or close relative is behind the wheel.

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