Often, motor vehicle accidents affect every person in a family. If you had your kids in the car during a major accident, they have an increased risk of catastrophic injuries. Traumatic brain injuries occur when the head becomes jostled in a collision or because of blunt or penetrating force during an accident.
When it comes to TBIs, the symptoms do not always manifest immediately. With children, the symptoms can manifest differently than they do with adults.
What are the common TBI symptoms?
Any loss of consciousness following an accident can indicate a traumatic brain injury. The loss of consciousness can last anywhere from a few minutes to hours. Most people, including children, will present with persistent headaches. Children may appear confused or slur their speech. Nausea, vomiting, seizures and pupil dilation indicate moderate to severe TBIs.
How might children act after a TBI?
Depending on the age of your children, they may not be able to tell you about the head injury. Even older kids may have difficulty expressing how they feel following an accident. Watch out for any changes after the accident. Kids may cry persistently or become irritable and upset without warning. Brain injuries can also make it more difficult to concentrate. Kids may struggle with schoolwork or ignore their favorite toys or activities.
Children may find it difficult to tell you if they have sensory problems or confusion. However, you can typically see the changes in their behavior that may highlight a TBI.
Following any accident, you should test for a TBI, even if your children do not show any symptoms directly following the collision.