Study: Children with TBI May Suffer Long-Term Consequences

playground-swings-300x199A new study finds that children who suffer from traumatic brain injury may suffer consequences that continue for a longer period of time than earlier believed.

A child’s delicate brain is much more likely to sustain impact during a head injury, and that impact could cause long-term consequences. According to a new study conducted by researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, some of those effects could actually last for years after the injury.

The results of the study were presented recently at a conference of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. The researchers found that children who had suffered a mild to moderate brain injury were twice as likely to suffer from attention and concentration problems for as long as seven years after the injury. Children, who had suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, had a risk of developing secondary attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that was five times higher than children without a history of TBI.

That is the bad news. The good news is that recovery times may vary depending on the environment of the child. According to the study, children with a severe TBI who live in an optimal environment are less likely to show severe effects from the injury, compared to children who suffer from a mild injury, but have a poor home environment.

The family response time to the injury also plays a significant role in the child’s recovery pattern. Children whose families responded to their injury quickly had their recovery rate accelerated, compared to those children who did not enjoy that quick family response. The latter group seemed to suffer from greater rates of deficits, compared to children who were responded to much more quickly.

The results of the study are important because traumatic brain injuries are a major cause of unintentional death and disability in infants and children. Most children, who suffer a traumatic brain injury suffer these in motor vehicle accidents. Fall accidents are also very common causes of brain injury in children. Other causes of brain injury include sports-related accidents. Young children who play football or other types of rough contact sports are at a higher risk of a brain injury.

Children who suffer a traumatic brain injury may suffer from various consequences, depending on the severity of the injury. Even a mild-to-moderate injury could cause a serious concussion. A child who suffers even a mild TBI may suffer from memory and concentration problems, could easily become distracted, and his grades in school may begin to slip. Parents must look out for signs of depression, insomnia, lethargy, and other consequences after an injury. Experts also recommend that a child who has suffered a concussion, be allowed to rest before he is allowed back to school or on the sports field.

The Indiana brain injury lawyers at Montross Miller Muller Mendelson & Kennedy, LLP represent persons who have suffered traumatic brain injury.