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What You Should Know if Your Child Has a Traumatic Brain Injury

Although traumatic brain injuries affect children differently than they do adults due to the fact that children are still in the developmental stages of life, even among children, no two injuries are identical. As parents, it is important to help your child cope with any of the changes or symptoms he or she might experience in the aftermath of a traumatic brain injury. For example, some of the challenges, your child might deal with include changes in how he or she relates to others, frustration with the recovery process, limited awareness of the differences, or denial that the injury will have a long-term impact. During the rehabilitation process, you will have to play a key part in helping others understand your child’s condition and situation.

Brain Injury Symptoms in Children

There are numerous symptoms children with brain injuries can experience and, depending on the severity of the injury, their symptoms can be mild or debilitating. Some of the symptoms children with traumatic brain injuries can experience include:

  • Changes in bowel or bladder function
  • Impaired movement, balance, and coordination
  • Seizures
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Hypersensitivity to sounds
  • Changes in perception of color, shape, size, depth, and distance
  • Loss of taste
  • Reduced attention span
  • Difficulty retrieving information from memory
  • Aggression or combativeness
  • Depression
  • Mood changes or mood swings
  • Difficulty planning or organizing

The Rehabilitation Phase

When your child begins the process of rehabilitation, he or she will face many challenges and it is important to constantly observe and encourage your child. He or she might experience difficulties with walking, managing personal care, or other tasks that were once easy to do. Keep in mind that recovery is a gradual process for which there is no clear endpoint since it varies from child to child.

Moreover, your child might not even be aware of all the differences his or her injury caused, other than the physical changes. Your child might not realize that his or her academic performance, memory, language skills, behavior, personality, or social behavior have changed since children often lack the sort of insight that makes it possible for them to recognize cognitive deficits. To help your child throughout the rehabilitation phase, make sure that you focus on daily successes to avoid feelings of discouragement.

Returning to School

When the time comes for your child to return to school, there will also be some challenges, depending on the kind of extra help your child will need and what is able to be provided at school. If your child requires special education services, it might be necessary for you to become involved in the special education system. Unfortunately, children tend to believe there is a stigma attached to special education, which could affect their identity and how they see themselves. Regardless if your child has or lacks the level of insight that allows him or her to understand the changes his or her brain injury caused, make sure the proper educational services and support are available.

Below is a list of some more general guidelines that will help you and your child during this difficult time:

  • Listen to your child and provide support
  • Encourage your child to have relationships with friends
  • Consider family counseling in order to help address role changes, sibling issues, and any other impacts the trauma of your child’s injury might have had on the family life cycle
  • Seek the support and services of community members
  • Instill confidence in new and creative ways
  • Help your child understand his or her injury and the recovery process
  • Create a memory book to help document events and reinforce progress
  • Encourage a normal lifestyle that is predictable and is focused on reliable routines

Personal Injury Attorneys in Midland

If your child sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of another party’s negligent actions, your family should not have to suffer in silence. You have a right to pursue fair and just compensation and need a skilled personal injury on your side to ensure the responsible party is held accountable for his or her actions. At Dean Law Firm in Midland, our skilled personal injury attorneys are dedicated to providing compassionate and knowledgeable legal representation on behalf of the wrongfully injured.

Get started on your brain injury case today and reach out to our law firm at (432) 214-8125 to request your free initial case evaluation with one of our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys.

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