What you should always understand about children and brain injuries is that no two brain injuries are alike. Children who sustain brain injuries will experience many emotions and challenges that may go away over time when given enough support. Some of these feelings may include denial, grief, changes in relating to others, frustration with recovery, and limited awareness of the differences in themselves. After a child has sustained a brain injury, however, support is available. It is a good idea to understand the impact a TBI has on a child and what every parent should know about these serious injuries.
The truth is, thousands of children are rushed to the emergency room every year because of traumatic brain injuries occurring from accidents in vehicles, on the playground, and so much more. Many of these children may face challenges along the way relating to self-awareness, memory, organization, and problem-solving skills. Even the most mild or severe TBI can have an effect on the cognitive function of a child in a negative way. The unfortunate truth is, many TBIs are overlooked in children because educational, behavioral, or social barriers may not form until many years after the injury and will be overlooked. This is why it is always a good idea to receive treatment from the start to avoid this later in life.
What Every Parent Should Know
The truth is, many parents do not know much about concussions at the time that their child becomes injured. In these situations, they may feel worried, stressed, and confused – which is why it is a good idea to be prepared for the injury before it occurs. Here are some facts that you should always remember regarding children’s brain injuries:
Age: Many parents are not aware of the age groups that are most at-risk for brain injuries. By gaining knowledge about this, a parent can be prepared for anything. According to information released by the CDC itself, children who are 0-4 years old and teens 15-19 are more likely to sustain traumatic brain injuries. This is because young children lack coordination, and teenagers may be involved in sports as well as driving, which could lead to an accident.
Concussion Symptoms: The symptoms of a concussion will vary from child to child. However, many of them will experience headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion, feeling foggy, and more. They may even be more irritable or sleep longer amounts. It is also a myth that children who have a concussion should be woken periodically – when they are not woken, the rest is helping them heal.
Doctor Intervention: Another thing that parents might miss is the fact that a child should always receive treatment or care from a doctor. A younger child may want to be seen at the ER but an older child could probably wait to see their primary care physician, depending on the circumstances and how serious the concussion may be. When in doubt, see a doctor.
Time: After a few hours without worrying symptoms, a parent can worry much less. This is because, past this time, the likelihood of a brain bleed, swelling, or fracture goes out the window in many cases.
Playing: If a child sustains a concussion, the last thing they should do is getting back out and play. They should always rest and see a doctor as soon as possible. Your child will be at risk of severe injury or death if they continue to play.
Has your child been involved in a very serious accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result? You may have many questions and concerns regarding your case and how your child will receive the help they need and deserve. For this, you may want an attorney on your side to help you through the complex process. Give us a call today for more information.