Study shows how a traumatic brain injury impacts children

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Parents who have children who have suffered a traumatic brain injury often worry about how their child’s future might be affected by the injury. This hasn’t been something that could be determined ahead of time, but a new study is now giving parents and doctors a glimpse into what might occur.

Each year, more than 630,000 children are seen in emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries. Children who suffer from a mild to moderate injury are twice as likely to have attention issues within seven years after the injury than children who never suffered a TBI. A severe TBI increases that risk to five times that of children who haven’t suffered from one of these injuries.

The severity of the injury isn’t the only thing that impacts the way that the child is affected later in life. The manner in which the parents respond to the injury and the limitations that appear can also have an impact. If the parents support the child and try to help the child learn how to live with the physical, mental, and emotional effects of the injury, the child is much more likely to try to find ways to overcome the perceived limitations.

One thing that is known is that early intervention is necessary to help the child have the best chance to overcome the perceived limits that occur with the injury. This is sometimes a necessity that isn’t possible for the parents to obtain because of the cost. Seeking compensation for the accident could lead to financial backing that enables you to get your child the help they require.

Additional studies are being done to look more into the matter. DNA samples and imaging scans will play a part in these studies to help determine how specific biomarkers and similar factors can impact how the child is able to handle the effects of the injury.

Source: Science Daily, “Studies uncover long-term effects of traumatic brain injury,” Feb. 10, 2017

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