One of the scariest things that can happen to a child is a head injury. All kids fall or bump their heads quite a few times as they learn to walk, run, climb and play. Often, these are minor injuries that do no lasting damage. However, there are also many thousands of children each year who suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This can result in temporary or permanent damage. Immediate treatment is the best way to prevent lasting harm. Even then, the child may need both physical and cognitive therapy to restore full function.
What Are the Most Common Causes of TBI in Children?
- Falls from a significant height
- Sports injuries (such as getting hit by a baseball or making a head-on collision in football)
- Auto accidents (especially if the child isn’t buckled in)
- Physical abuse (including being struck or violently shaken)
In many cases, the cause of the brain injury isn’t known. Sometimes, symptoms don’t show up until days or weeks after the injury. However, if your child has the warning signs that they may have suffered a TBI, you should seek immediate medical attention. Don’t forget to follow up with a Dallas psychiatrist like Dr. Lawrence who has extensive experience helping patients recover from TBI.