Child Head Injury Advice for Parents and Caregivers
A concussion can happen any time an accident causes a head injury in a child. Being knocked out is only one of many child head injury warning signs. However, your child doesn't necessarily have to be knocked out to sustain a concussion, which is the brain's temporary loss of function.
A concussion can occur in:
- sporting events;
- bicycle accidents;
- pedestrian accidents;
- car accidents;
- fights; and
- slip and fall accidents.
Some children with a concussion may recover within 2 weeks with no lasting effects, provided you ensure they follow all doctor's orders and take a break from sports and any other intense activities.
On the other hand, if you fail to seek medical attention for a child who has had a concussion, he or she will be at great risk for disability and brain damage. In the case of any kind of head trauma, staying on the safe side is better.
Therefore, you should be on the lookout for the following warning signs and symptoms of a concussion in a child:
- change in level of alertness;
- extreme sleepiness;
- persistent headaches;
- confusion and irritability;
- continual vomiting;
- memory trouble;
- mood swings;
- sensitivity to light and sound; and
- loss of interest in toys.
A child who develops the above symptoms should be seen by a doctor immediately. When you contact a Texas child injury lawyer to discuss negligence, he or she can provide you with support and explain the personal injury claim process.
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