If your children have played football or soccer, you know the feeling you get when they get a blow to the head and fall to the ground. If they do not get up pretty quickly, your heart just stops and your breath catches in your throat. Parents in Ohio and around the U.S. have this experience routinely as they sit on the sidelines and cheer on their kids.
What they worry about - what worry about - is traumatic brain injury. How do you know if your son or daughter is suffering from the effects of a TBI?
The Mayo Clinic sheds light on this topic, helping you and other parents understand this scary trauma. The clinic's report explains that mild TBIs affect the brain temporarily, but more serious injuries can have a long, lasting impact.
Some of the symptoms you may notice if your child has a mild TBI include the following:
- Changes in sleeping patterns: more or less than normal
- Confusion and difficulty concentrating
- Feelings of anxiety or depression
- Extreme mood swings
The Mayo Clinic wants you to know that youth between 15 and 24 years of age are at higher risk for TBIs than individuals between the ages of 25 and 60. One exception to that statement is the risk for men, who are highly susceptible to TBIs no matter how old they are.
Another important thing to remember is that use of the word "mild" to describe a TBI might make you relax, thinking it is not a serious injury. Any trauma to the brain is significant, though, and you will want to treat it with care.
This information serves an educational purpose only and does not provide legal advice.