How Common Are Traumatic Brain Injuries Among Children
According to the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY), there are over one million children that suffer from brain injuries annually. Out of those, over 30,000 children will suffer life-long disabilities because of their traumatic brain injuries.
The signs of traumatic brain injury in children may vary depending on the extent of the injury and where in the brain the injury has occurred.
A child with a traumatic brain injury may suffer from one or more of these difficulties:
- Cognitive disabilities in a child may include difficulties with thinking, memory, concentration, speech, listening, reading, writing, planning, understanding, sequencing, and judgment.
- Physical disabilities in a child may include difficulties with balance, walking, writing, drawing, speech, sight, hearing, touch, and taste. They may also experience headaches, fatigue, muscle spasms, seizures, partial or complete paralyzes on one or both sides of the body.
- Social, behavioral, mental, or emotional disabilities in a child may include difficulties with moderate to severe mood-swigs, anxiety, depression, restlessness, and displaced or uncontrollable anger. Children with traumatic brain injuries can have difficulties relating to others or lack of motivation. Children with traumatic brain injuries will have trouble controlling their emotions.
Not all traumatic brain injuries in children will result in these symptoms because TBIs can range in the magnitude of their damage so can the symptoms range in the variety of their affect. This makes all the more difficult to determine how each child will recover from a TBI. Early help to a victim of TBI can make a big difference in the child will recover and how the brain will react to therapy.