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Behavioral Problems in Children After TBI by Charles Watson


Posted on January 9, 2021

Science and technology have significantly progressed over time, which has had a great impact on other fields too, for instance, medicine. However, in medicine, there some areas that still, to this date, remain unfamiliar. Especially brain-related research, which is undoubtedly one of the most complicated things to understand. 

One of the brain-related conditions includes TBI that has many aspects to it. From its severity of symptoms to undefined risks, TBI is yet another topic undergoing research. Studies have carefully looked into brain injuries in both adults and kids. And it turns out that even though kids have a comparatively higher chance for recovery, the struggles and risks are just as high.

Behavioral changes in children

Due to greater brainpower and relatively stable mental health, children can cope with TBI better. The majority of TBI cases are reported from infants to older adolescents aged around 15 to 19 years. And approximately 330,000 children in the U.S. are treated for TBI. Moreover, studies show that seven out of 10 people suffer from mild TBI or a concussion due to sports-related accidents.

An evident change in performance in academics as well as extra-curricular activities can be seen in kids. It is generally due to impaired cognition and, in some cases, compromised vision and speech. Children need immediate help and support to get control of their health and prevent it from worsening. 

Research has highlighted symptoms like depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, frustration, and suicidal thoughts in teenagers. Since the risk of developing a neurodegenerative disease is quite unlikely, the brain can have increased physical and psychological damage. 

Take precautions

TBI in children is mainly a consequence of avoidable accidents. Hence below are some precautions that should be kept in mind while children are around.

1.   Don’t leave your child unattended at anytime

This may seem more like a reminder than a precaution, but most parents/babysitters tend to forget it. Not keeping an eye on your child even while doing household chores or running a quick errand can have detrimental outcomes. So, either take your child along or make sure to leave them under expert or trusted supervision (preferably a family member).

2.   Make your house child-safe

It is impossible to restrict your child to a particular place or activity. Instead, it is wiser if you install child-safe items around your house to secure doors, shelves, drawers, switches, etc. Have tables and furniture with low height so that they do not fall and hurt their head. 

3.   Fewer sports activities

Even though science proves that physical exercise, like sports, is healthy for your brain and body, it is equally risky for young children. Make sure that your child does take part in outdoor games, but not too much. Precaution is better than cure, indeed.

4.   Drive safely

The leading cause of TBI is, unfortunately, road accidents that too under alcohol influence. Driving with your children needs extra care and focus. It is highly advised to make your children take the backseat and wear seatbelts. Getting distracted due to text messages or phone calls can also result in fatal accidents. Be attentive and drive safely.