It’s inevitable. Children are going to hit their heads on all sorts of things throughout their lives. From tipping over into coffee tables because they are learning to walk to riding their bikes into the garage door because they haven’t gotten a hang on the whole breaking thing.
Whenever your child takes a spill your first thought are often, “Are they okay?” or “Am I going to need to head to the ER?” or “What should I do?”
Indications of Serious Head Injuries
The first thing to remember is to stay calm. There’s no situation that panicking won’t make more difficult. The next thing you can do is check and watch for indications that your child has suffered a serious head injury. Common symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Difficulty remembering the accident or how the injury occurred;
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy;
- Severe headaches and light sensitivity;
- Loss of consciousness;
- Problems understanding or forming words;
- Difficulty walking or maintaining a steady gait;
- Sleep disturbances;
- Emotional outbursts, including fits of anger and depression;
- Feeling excessively nervous or agitated.
If you are seriously concerned that your child has suffered a severe head injury contact your family physician immediately or go into the Emergency Room.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) 564,000 children head into the emergency room every year due to head injuries. Fortunately, 89% of those children admitted head home that day and don’t need to be hospitalized.
Still according to the Brain Injury Association of America the leading contributing factors for serious head and brain injuries are as follows:
- Motor-Vehicle Accidents: This includes car, motorcycle atv and other types of motor-vehicle accidents.
- Pedestrian/Bicycling Accidents: Injuries caused by children being struck by motor vehicles while walking or riding a bicycle.
- Falls from Considerable Distance: Falls out of open windows, balconies
- Physical Violence: Injuries as a result of abuse from parents or caregiver.
Unfortunately, there’s no sure way to prevent your child from getting hurt. However, our best advice for avoiding these injuries include:
- Teach your children to road and crosswalk safety
- Encourage the use of helmets and other protective gear
- Never leave a window open that can easily accessed
- Never drive distracted
- When you are frustrated with a child be sure to take a step away and call someone who may be able to come and help
Information and Infographic created by the Los Angeles Head and Brain Injury Lawyers at Fisher & Talwar