Whether they are stepping up to the line at a high school football game or getting behind the wheel of their first car, teens are particularly susceptible to concussions and other forms of brain injury. Learn the warning signs for your child’s brain health.
Over 1 million children and teens suffer a brain injury every year. Of those, 500 will require hospitalization. Parents need to know what to look for to spot concussions early and prevent more serious consequences later on.
How Are Childhood Concussions Different
Every brain injury should be taken seriously. They can have severe and life changing effects, even when diagnosed as “mild.” When the victim of the injury is a child or teen, the long-term consequences can be even more significant because their brains are still developing. An adult may suffer the loss or disruption of cognitive abilities, which may gradually improve with treatment. But when a child has the same injury the normal development process is disrupted. The younger the child, the more likely a TBI will cause developmental delays.
How to Spot a Concussion
Brain injury is usually caused by a fall, a crash, or a blow to the head. If your teen has been in a car accident or took a hard hit on the field, here are some signs to look for:
- Dizziness And Balance Issues
- Nausea And Vomiting
- Numbness Or Tingling
- Sensitivity To Light Or Sound
- Vision Problems
Brain injuries can also cause cognitive problems, making your teen forgetful, irritable, or emotional, or causing him or her trouble remembering or comprehending. Keep your eye out too for changes in hobbies or sleep patterns.
What to Do if You Suspect a Concussion
If you think your child may have a concussion or brain injury, it’s very important that he or she see a doctor right away. You may need specialized testing and expert analysis to figure out the nature and severity of the injury. Once it has been diagnosed, the injury may require cognitive, behavioral, occupational, speech, and educational therapy. By engaging the right team of professionals you can improve your child’s chance of recovery and minimize the risk of developmental delays.
Whether your teen will be getting behind the ball or behind the wheel this school year, you need to be prepared. By knowing the signs of concussion you can help protect your child from long-term disability. If your child’s injury is the result of an automobile accident, the no-fault experts at Christensen Law in Southfield, Michigan can help your family pay for treatment. Contact David Christensen today for a free consultation.