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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.

 

Posted on Monday, May 27, 2013 - 08:47:00 AM EST
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