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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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Should My Child Get An MRI?

 

Should my childA parent’s number one concern is always their child’s well being. A common question we hear from parents when their child is getting an MRI is, “Is it safe?” As parents, it’s important to always ensure you’re never putting your child in harm’s way, especially if it is simply due to a lack of knowledge. We decided to break it down and explain anything you should know when your child is about to get an MRI.

 

Is it safe?

MRIS are not suitable for everyone, this includes children. For example, metal is a complete no-go when undergoing an MRI which leaves out anyone that has metal in their body. Radiologists have to ensure that the MRI will be safe for your child before they undergo the scan. According to UCHL, the parent will receive a safety questionnaire to ensure that the MRI is suitable for your child. Currently, there are no known risks of having an MRI if you meet the safety criteria unless you undergo numerous scans which increase radiation exposure.

 

Will my child need sedation?

Many times, children are uncomfortable with undergoing an MRI scan because it is hard to sit still for a long period of time. Many places will offer the option of sedation which helps children feel relaxed and stay still during the scan. It is usually recommended for children who can’t stay still to have an MRI under sedation in order to complete an effective scan since movement during the procedure will affect the image’s clarity.

 

Is sedation dangerous?

As with the MRI, you will be instructed to fill out a safety form which covers your child’s medical history. This helps the center eliminate any potential risks based off of their medical history. It is extremely rare for anyone to experience serious complications such as respiratory distress or hypertension due to sedation. Your doctor will make an informed decision before referring your child to ensure that there are no present risks.

 

It can be scary for your child to have to go to the doctor, especially when undergoing an MRI. We’re here to answer any of your questions to soothe any concerns you may have. We understand that you may want to know any potential risks, alternatives, etc., before allowing your child to receive medical attention. Contact us if you have any further questions, we would love to help!