Traumatic Brain Injury in Children


When children fall and suffer a blow to the head detecting TBI can be more difficult than in adults. The Centers for Disease Control in the US reports that 1/2 of all TBIs in children are a result of falls with a blow to the head. Teach your children to wear helmets to help prevent other head injuries, and to tell an adult if they or a friend fall and hit their heads.

Symptoms of TBI include:

  •  Headaches
  •  Any loss of consciousness
  •  Changes in behaviour changes like agitation or combativeness
  •  Disorientation, dizziness or confusion
  •  Ringing in the ears
  •  Blurred vision
  •  Nausea or vomiting
  •  Long lasting headache
  •  Seizures and convulsions

Children in particular may exhibit the following symptoms:

  •  Persistent, inconsolable crying
  •  Change in sleep or eating patterns
  •  Reduced attentiveness
  •  Lack of interest in their toys or friends

If you notice any of these symptoms in your child seek medical attention to rule out TBI.


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