Driving your kids around town is a normal event for parents. You make sure they are safe in child safety restraints appropriate for their age group.
Even if you have done everything right, something can still go wrong. A collision with another vehicle can cause a wide range of damage to your car and everyone inside. Even if everyone seems to have come through the crash relatively unscathed, you must seek medical attention, especially for children. A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, is a real possibility. When a child deals with it, things may reach critical mass quickly.
When you think of a brain injury, you probably think of a crack in the skull caused by a head impact with something else in the area. The truth is, a person may sustain an injury to the brain without the head ever striking a hard surface. A brain injury can occur when any kind of hard force affects the neck or head, causing it to jostle around violently. The brain can slide and hit the inside of the skull, resulting in an injury.
Recognizing TBI in children
An adult may have a difficult time detecting the signs of a brain injury, but at least is more aware of the symptoms and can self-report. Younger children, however, will not necessarily articulate issues and may exhibit signs that do not send up any red flags. If your child was in the vehicle during a crash, you need to monitor her or his behavior for days and even weeks after to look for changes such as:
- Extreme fatigue
- Upset stomach, nausea or vomiting
- Severe mood swings
- Emotional breakdowns
- Lack of interest in favorite toys or activities
- Reduced appetite
You should report these symptoms to a doctor during an exam, along with anything else your child may do differently after the collision.
Children do not always act the same way after an injury, and you must recognize these changes. After your child gets a diagnosis, you may want to enlist an attorney to help your son or daughter get the medical care required for a full recovery.