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Traumatic brain injuries in children

Car accidents and falls may lead to traumatic brain injury diagnoses for many Montana residents of all ages. Children may experience more severe TBI symptoms that have long-term health consequences. In some cases, pediatric TBI may be harder to diagnose and treat. This sort of injury may have long-term effects on a child's neurological development and overall health.

According to an article from the National Institutes of Health, TBI is the most frequent cause of disability and death in children. While the causes of TBI in children and adults are often similar, there are differences in the appearance of the injury and the length of recovery. For example, infants and young children may be more susceptible to hemorrhagic shock than adults, even when there is no external bleeding. Certain medical tools, including MRI, have helped improve the diagnosis of pediatric TBI and made it easier for medical personnel to develop effective treatment and prevention plans.

The Brain Injury Association of America states that early diagnosis is one of the most important keys to helping a child recover from TBI. Because a child's brain is still developing, it is often more difficult for him or her to recover from TBI than it is for an adult with a similar injury.  Long-term therapy may be necessary depending on the exact nature of the injury and symptoms.

Children with TBI may have numerous physical symptoms, including speech impairments, hearing loss and coordination issues. Seizures and paralysis may also occur with TBI. Some cognitive impairments from TBI, such as poor concentration and judgment, may not be obvious immediately following the injury. Sometimes these symptoms do not appear until months or years later. Early diagnosis and treatment are extremely important to reduce the chance of TBI having lifelong consequences for a child.

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