Children are generally full of life and on the go during the majority of their waking hours. The combination of their constant activity and their lack of awareness of potential dangers puts them at risk for potentially serious personal injuries. Head injuries are one of the most common and have some of the most severe impacts. In some cases, even a seemingly minor head injury can end up impacting brain processes, resulting in permanent disabilities. As parents, you want to be aware of the potential risks as well as the warning signs that a head injury has occurred.
Head Injuries Among Children
Children tend to be accident-prone and most suffer bumps or blows to the head at some point growing up. These injuries can be minor or can have major impacts on their current and future health and development. Unfortunately, it is next to impossible to tell the extent of the damage caused by a head injury simply by looking at the child. You should always seek medical care immediately at any time a head injury is suspected.
According to a July 2020 Everyday Health report, nearly four million children and teens seek care in hospital rooms each year as a result of head injuries. Sports and recreational activities are among the leading causes. The good news is that with the increased focus placed on safety precautions, such as wearing helmets, and prompt medical treatment, the number of children who suffer head injuries in this manner has generally decreased.
At the same time, parents must continue to be cautious and alert to other common ways in which head injuries happen:
- As a result of slips and falls;
- Due to being struck by or against objects on playground equipment;
- Due to motor vehicle accidents;
- As a result of accidents that happen while walking or when riding bikes and scooters.
Impacts That Can Result From Head Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), any type of bump, blow, or sudden jolt to the head can cause disruption in the neural pathways, impacting brain processes. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can happen as a result. Symptoms to be aware of include:
- Loss of consciousness;
- Difficulty in staying awake;
- Problems with balance and coordination;
- Hearing or vision disturbances;
- Problems communicating or understanding what is being said;
- Memory loss;
- Frequent headaches;
- Personality changes, including depression, anxiety, and flying into fits of rage.
Head injuries can cause lasting impairments that impact your child’s physical abilities and cognitive functions, resulting in learning difficulties and other types of impairments. Once a head injury happens, your child is also at risk for suffering more serious harm in the event another occurs in the future.
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