While brain injuries are a very serious concern for people of all ages, it is particularly important for parents and those who take care of a child to understand the risks that children face each day. In Huntington, and everywhere else in the state of West Virginia, traumatic brain injuries can cause a multitude of problems for children as well as their parents, such as memory issues, emotional problems and even death, to name a few.

According to data that was published on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, there were 4.3 fatalities related to traumatic brain injuries for every 1,000 children who were four or younger during 2009 to 2010 in the United States. Over the same time frame, 1.9 out of every 1,000 children between the ages of five and 14 passed away after suffering a traumatic brain injury, while 15.6 out of every 1,000 people between 15 and 24 years old lost their lives in a TBI-related fatality.

New York State’s Department of Health outlined a number of ways that traumatic brain injuries happen and it is vital for parents to realize the risks and understand that every TBI is different. For example, some TBIs involve an object penetrating the head, while others are the result of shaking, whiplash or being struck by an object. Parents should keep an eye out for TBI symptoms if they think their child may have suffered a head injury, which include blurry vision, persistent headaches, mood disturbances, feeling the need to vomit, a lack of energy and memory challenges, among others.

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