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Traumatic Brain Injury In children

There are a number of children who suffer from a mishap or an accident that result in a Traumatic Brain Injury. A child may become a victim of traumatic brain injury while carrying out an activity such as cycling, playing games or skateboarding.

It has been thought for a long time that since children are growing, they are less susceptible to brain injury and will recover from an accident that causes injury to the head.  Children may be actually more susceptible to external brain injury.

The effect of the brain injury is determined from the changes in behavior, ability to learn, power of attention and concentration. The child may also experience problems related to speaking, swallowing, body coordination in memory and cognitive skills. The child may suffer from prolonged headaches or a sense of fatigue.

The effects of brain injury may also be more profound on children and may be manifested after a few years if not immediately. There have been cases where children who have otherwise recovered from the injury, exhibit profound behavioral changes much later in life. In some cases, the power of abstract thinking and the ability to solve problems is also severely affected.

It is very difficult to evaluate the impact of the injury or estimate the loss of brain function as the child does not have prior academic records, job history or IQ levels that can be compared.  It becomes very difficult for a child to adjust to life after traumatic brain injury. The child needs help, support and understanding from parents, teachers and friends.

There may be a requirement to create an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for the child.

If your child has suffered from a brain injury, then you should have your child examined for possible long-term effects. Make sure that you maintain your child’s medical history throughout the course of treatment as this will help you to track the child’s progress and present the records in case of opting for a new line of treatment.