The Increase of ER Visits for Childhood Traumatic Brain Injuries and Decrease in Severity of Injuries

Almost twice as many children are being treated in the emergency room for sports-related traumatic brain injuries than ten years ago. There is also an increase in the amount of those children who are subsequently admitted for observation or treatment, as physicians are avoiding the risk of harmful radiation that comes with head CT scans. Among the common sports in which brain injuries result in children being hospitalized include football, skateboarding, rollerblading, baseball, and softball. Awareness of the dangers of traumatic brain injuries and identification of signs and symptoms by parents may help explain the rise in emergency room cases.

Where parents are proactive, the cases of childhood traumatic brain injuries that do appear in the emergency room tend to be less severe. Parents can be proactive by being cognizant of the dangers of brain injuries, which include disability and death. Parents can also take a proactive role by being quick to identify possible signs and symptoms, which include:

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    eadache.

  2. Loss of consciousness.
  3. Impairments in speech, vision, hearing, motor coordination, balance, memory, concentration, and judgment.
  4. Difficulty controlling emotions.
  5. Seizures.
  6. Paralysis.
  7. Fatigue.
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