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The Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury in Children

Children, particularly very young children, are one population that has a higher risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Small kids are very accident-prone. They also frequently participate in activities like playing on a playground or playing sports, which can result in harm to the head.

A child who is suffering from a TBI may not be able to verbally express the symptoms they are experiencing. There are some symptoms that are more prominent in children, which parents should watch out for if they suspect their kid has a brain injury.

Changes in Mood

A kid who is suffering from a TBI may show symptoms of emotional distress and mood swings. A child with a traumatic brain injury could appear more irritable, or exhibit signs of anxiety and depression. Following an instance of possible head trauma, any non-typical emotional states could be a symptom of a traumatic brain injury.

Changes in Behavior

Your child may start acting differently as a symptom of a traumatic brain injury. This may include no longer engaging in things they once enjoyed doing or misbehaving in a way that is out of character.

A child with a TBI may exhibit behavioral symptoms such as:

  • An inability to focus
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Sleeping more or less often than usual
  • Not eating, or rejecting foods they like
  • Crying a lot

Other Symptoms

Traumatic brain injuries in children are associated with physical symptoms as well, including seizures, nausea and vomiting, and pupil dilation. Parents should be aware of any unusual moods, behaviors, or ailments their child exhibits following an injury.

If your child was hurt and possibly sustained a head injury, you should take them to the doctor as soon as possible. Traumatic brain injuries can result in long-term complications, especially when the injury happens to a developing brain. It is crucial to get treatment for your child right away in any instance where a TBI may have occurred.

Treating a TBI, depending on the severity of the injury, can require a combination of medications, surgery, and rehabilitation programs. If another person is responsible for causing you or a loved one to sustain a traumatic brain injury, that person could be liable for the damages. To discuss your case, contact The Law Office of Michael R. Green, PLLC.

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