Children Are at Risk for Head Trauma / Brain Injury – Studies and Tips for Parents

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Children are at high risk for head trauma as compared to other age groups. The two children groups identified to be at the highest risk for head trauma are 4 year olds and the age range between 15 and 19 years of age. Head injury symptoms include headaches or neck pain, confusion or mood change, light headedness, loss of balance, nausea, ringing in the ears, memory problems, concentration problems, decision making problems. and sensitivity to light. If any of these symptoms are present and last longer than 15 minutes, medical experts recommend that the child be examined by fire rescue and / or a local emergency room department. Time is of the essence in diagnosing and treating a head injury.

Dr. Duane E. Dede, a co-director of the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic based at the University of Florida Health Center, advises that any brain injury should be treated seriously and necessary medical precautions should be taken.

It is estimated that 1.4 million suffer traumatic brain injury by a bump, jolt, or blow to the head every year. The primary causes of TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) are automobile accidents and falls.

You can read more about brain injuries, risks, and tips at A Head’s Up on Trauma – Even a Simple Bump Should be Treated as a Serious Injury.