Identifying and Treating Traumatic Brain Injury in Children

TBI in Children

The CDC defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury. Sadly,children have an increased risk of receiving a TBI. In 2012, an estimated 329,290 children were treated in the United States for concussion or TBI due to sports or recreational activity. Here are some tips to help identify and treat your child if you suspect they may have sustained a traumatic brain injury.

Identifying Traumatic Brain Injury

Symptoms of TBI include physical, cognitive, and emotional impairments. Contact your physician immediately if your child is showing any of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty in processing information
  • Impaired judgement
  • Short-term memory deficits
  • Impaired concentration
  • Limited attention span
  • Impaired vision
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Impaired motor coordination
  • Change in sleep patterns  
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty controlling emotions
  • Decline in communication skills
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light

Treating Traumatic Brain Injury

Treatment for TBI includes:

  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC)
  • Behavioral Intervention
  • Cognitive-Communicative Interventions
  • Computer-Assisted Treatment
  • Direct Attention Training (DAT)
  • Speech Intervention
  • Hearing and Balance Intervention

A brain injury has a more devastating impact on a child because the child’s brain is still developing. It is crucial that to get your child immediate treatment if you believe they may have a TBI. An MRI can assist your physician in detecting traumatic brain injury in your child. If your child is in need of an MRI, Open MRI of Pueblo provides patients a quality scan in a stress-free setting. You can request an appointment online today!

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