What You Should Do If Your Child Has a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) ?

What Is A TBI?

If you or your child ever experience a concussion, you will be contending with a traumatic brain injury, which is also referred to as a TBI. Concussions are the most common form of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and can be caused by a blow to the head, a bump, or even an impact elsewhere on your body that causes your head to jolt quickly.

Since the brain consists of soft tissue that is surrounded by the skull, the sudden movement that is caused by any of these factors can result in the brain-twisting inside our skull, That in turn will create chemical changes inside the brain which can impact your brain cells. As a result, if any of the causes that were listed above occur with enough force to affect your brain, then you will have a TBI.

Even though concussions are not considered life-threatening, the effects that they cause can be serious. You could experience broken blood vessels, bruises, or even nerve damage inside your brain, and some TBIs are more serious than others.

Causes And Symptoms Of TBIs

When examining the TBIs that occur with children and teenagers, these are most often the result of sports-related activities. While it has been estimated that nearly 4 million concussions occur in the U.S annually as the result of competitive sports and recreational activities, it has also been projected that almost 50% of the concussions that take place are also unreported.

Concussions from sports and recreational activities are also the primary cause of TBIs that result in visits to emergency rooms for children and teenagers, which is also the highest rate for emergency room visits among all age groups. Even though most sports-related head injuries are considered to be mild, concussions in children provide the potential to become a serious health risk.

The largest percentage of sports-related concussions take place in football, followed by hockey, rugby, soccer, and basketball. Football and basketball, in particular, are most prevalent causes for TBIs in males, while the percentages for TBIs with females rise in the categories of bicycling, horseback riding and playground activities.

If your child experiences a concussion, he or she should be monitored for 24 hours, in order to observe any behavioral changes that may occur. It is also important to avoid providing any medications to children without consulting a physician because that may cause bleeding. Rest is also extremely important, as your child needs to avoid both physical and mental activities for at least one day and possibly longer before returning to normal.

This can also include school-related activities in the classroom such as reading. If your child is experiencing any headaches, dizziness, fatigue, or any other type of issue when attempting to think, then a longer period of time will be necessary before regular activities can be resumed. One potential solution is to temporarily shorten your child’s school day.

There are several forms of concussions, starting with grade 1 concussions, which are considered to be mild. Grade 2 are categorized as moderate, and a grade 3 concussions are considered to be severe. Grade 1 and grade 2 concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness, but that does occur with a grade 3 concussion.

Concussion symptoms can include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, and difficulty with thinking skills, such as memory and attention. Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder of concussion symptoms that last longer than a normal recovery period. Here is a longer list of symptoms which can indicate that a TBI has occurred.

  • Loss of consciousness for a few seconds to a few minutes
  • Confusion, feeling dazed or disoriented
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Problems with speech
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Slurred speech
  • Balance problems
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Clumsiness
  • Balance problems
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Sluggishness
  • Ringing in ears
  • Behavior or personality changes
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Memory loss
  • Agitation or combativeness

If your child is younger, he or she may not be able to communicate the fact that they do not feel normal. If your younger child is dealing with a TBI, you may observe the following symptoms:

  • Changes in eating habits
  • Becoming irritable more easily than normal
  • Persistent crying
  • Difficulties in paying attention
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Seizures
  • Sadness or a depressed mood
  • Drowsiness
  • Loss of interest in their favorite toys and activities

Always see your doctor if your child has experienced a blow to the head or body that you are concerned about, or if they are behaving abnormally. Emergency medical care is recommended if you witness any of the symptoms that were listed above, following a blow to the head or body.

If your child has experienced a concussion, or if you think that he or she may be dealing with the effects of a concussion, you can be assured that the professionals at Rapid Med have a proven track of commitment in the management and prevention of head injuries for the student-athletes inside our community. We believe that athletics are important to the development and health of our children, and our specialists Rapid Med remain dedicated to making your child or teenagers’ participation in sports a safer endeavor. Our staff receives continued education and training in order to stay up-to-date on the most effective and cutting-edge treatments.

Rapid Med’s Therapies For a Rapid Recovery 

  • BCTT Exercise Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Oculomotor Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular Therapy

Rapid Med’s Preventative Strategies And Performance Enhancement

  • Balance Training
  • Field of Vision & Fast Eye Movement Enhancement
  • Neck Power Enhancement
  • Screening for Potential Genetic Concussion Susceptibility
  • VOR Enhancement

Rapid Med’s Steps To Concussion Management

  • Prevention Strategy And Baseline Testing
  • Sideline Evaluation And Intervention
  • Clinic Evaluation And Management
  • Return To Learn Protocol And Therapeutic Intervention
  • Return To Play Protocol
  • Risk Assessment For The Appropriate Level Of Play

In addition to the Concussion Management and Prevention services that we provide, the staff of professionals at Rapid Med  Urgent Care are also here to assist you with numerous other Urgent Care and Primary Care needs, Occupational Medicine for employers, and also with the management of your medicine and immunizations before you travel outside the country.

You also encourage you to contact us by using our Rapid Med On Demand service. We will deliver the same great service that you have will receive at either of our locations but with the convenience of simply using your phone, tablet, or computer.

Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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