How to Recognize Brain Injuries in Children

When a child is acting strange, it can be difficult to know whether their symptoms are indicative of something serious or not. Traumatic brain injuries can be deadly and require immediate attention, which is why it is important for parents in New Mexico to be aware of the symptoms.

First, parents should understand that there are different types of TBI. John Hopkins Medicine states that some types of skull fractures can occur without any cuts on the scalp, but the inner part of the skull may be pushed into the brain, requiring surgery. Other types of injuries heal on their own and may only require short-term monitoring in the emergency room. Still, if parents suspect their child has received a head injury, it is always a good idea to take him or her to a hospital.

A basilar skull fracture may cause the child to have clear fluid draining from the ears or nose, or bruising around the ear or eye area. Other common symptoms of serious brain injuries include the following:

  •          Sweating
  •          Seizures
  •          Vomiting or nausea
  •          Loss of consciousness
  •          Unmatched pupil size
  •          Pale coloring

In addition to these, a weakness on one side of the body or difficulty walking can be indicative of a problem. All of these symptoms require immediate medical attention. The Mayo Clinic states that less serious symptoms include:

  •          Headache
  •          Blurred vision
  •          Confusion
  •          Noise and light sensitivity
  •          Problems with balance
  •          Change in sleep patterns

While these symptoms are not as serious as others, they should still be a signal for parents to take their child to the doctor. Treatments can vary, but quick action can lead to a better outcome in traumatic brain injury cases.

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