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Recognizing child brain injuries after an auto accident

Injuries from auto accidents occur all the time, but when they happen to children it can be particularly devastating. Thankfully, if the auto accident is due to the negligence of a driver, it may be possible to seek compensation.

Whether it is for general well-being or a settlement, it is important that a child receive a proper diagnosis for any injuries. There are a few important steps for recognizing brain injury in a child.

Medical treatment

Seeking medical treatment after an accident is important for any person, but it can be especially crucial for children. Some injuries may be internal and can lead to additional issues in the future if not discovered and treated immediately. A physician understands this and will be able to properly evaluate the child to determine if there is anything wrong.

Common symptoms

Depending upon the severity of an incident, some symptoms may take a while to develop. Therefore, it is important that parents keep a watchful eye on a child after an accident. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a comprehensive description of brain injury symptoms, and breaks them down into four categories: 

  1. Physical
  2. Sleep
  3. Thinking or remembering
  4. Emotional or mood

Parents should be especially watchful over younger children and infants, seeing as they may not be able to recognize if something is wrong or fully express it. Some things that parents may look for include a child crying continuously and being inconsolable, a change in eating, sleeping or nursing habits, consistently being in a sad mood or irritated, and loss of interest. If parents notice these symptoms, or just sense that something is wrong, it may be beneficial to take another visit to the pediatrician.

Physicals

Some injuries may require periodic doctor visits. Even if they do not, it is important that a child receive annual physicals each year. They promote the general health of a child and may help to catch any trauma that may develop over time.

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