Severe brain injuries can affect anyone, but children are just as susceptible to be affected by them as adults. It is important for parents to know how to respond when their child is suffering from any kind of brain injury. Knowing the symptoms and how it can impact their lives can aid the child in learning how to cope and heal.
Adults and children do not respond the same to brain injuries. Infants and children have a harder time communicating if they are having a hard time with something. For them, it is hard to process what it is like to have a headache or a sensory problem.
Therefore, parents should keep an eye on their child and observe any of the following symptoms that their child might present. Changes in their day-to-day habits like eating or sleeping should be a warning sign. Also, a parent should watch out if a child is presenting any changes in their mood or if they are being very irritable or unlike their normal selves. If a child is constantly crying or is feeling sad or depressed, losing interest in their favorite activities could also be a huge sign that something might be wrong with the child. It is also important to keep an eye out for any bruises, scratches or cuts on the scalp or forehead.
What to do
If a child was hit on the head or if the parent believes that the child has been injured or hurt in any way and believe that this might have affected their brain, then the child should be taken to a doctor immediately. Only a doctor can determine if the blow was mild, moderate, or severe. Either way, any kind of injury can impact the child but taken the right steps can assure his or her well-being.