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Pediatric brain injuries can change the course of a child's life

Parents who see their child hurt will usually take steps to make sure that the child isn't in pain. When you are in a car crash and have a child in the vehicle, checking on your child is likely your top priority. Unfortunately, children can suffer some pretty serious injuries in these crashes. One of these is the possibility of a brain injury.

There are many different ways that this type of injury can affect a child. This is usually determined by the location and severity of the injury. The medical care the child receives can also affect this. Here are some points for you to remember about pediatric brain injuries:

A troubling problem

Traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of death and disability for children who are 0 to 4 and 15 to 19. When you consider everyone who is 19 and under, around 564,000 victims of a traumatic brain injury are seen in the emergency department of a hospital and then released. Around 62,000 of these children are hospitalized because of the injury.

Effects of brain injuries

Even though children are resilient, there are still some life-long problems that can occur as a result of the injury. The child's speech, balance, judgment, vision, memory and hearing can all be affected. Some children might have seizures as a result of the injury. They may also have difficulties with planning, socialization, reading, comprehension, staying motivated, remaining on task and controlling emotions. Depression, anxiety and other mental health problems can also come after a brain injury in a child.

Other people are impacted

The effects of a pediatric brain injury don't impact only the child. In fact, every member of the child's family will likely suffer. The parents might wonder what the child would be like if the injury didn't occur. Siblings might miss the way their brother or sister was prior to the accident. Extended family members might find the change in family dynamics difficult to deal with and distance themselves from the situation.

Lifestyle changes are difficult

There are some lifestyle changes that can make things difficult for everyone involved. If the child has serious effects, such as paralysis, the family might find that one parent has to remain home to care for him or her or pay for caregivers to stay with the child. Having to go to countless medical appointments and therapy sessions can take time away from other facets of life.

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