An adult who suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may understand what has happened to them. They can rationally consider the type of impact they took, the pain they feel, the other symptoms they experience and the known outcomes of a TBI. They may not be sure, but they’ll know enough to go to the doctor to get checked out.
If a young child suffers a TBI, though, they may have no idea what happened to them or what the symptoms mean. They may be too young to tell their parents or even too young to talk. This is when parents need to know what symptoms to watch out for so that they can identify an issue and take the proper steps to help the child. Per the Mayo Clinic, here are a few of the most common symptoms:
- The child has trouble sleeping or sleeps more than normal. Any change in habits is a red flag.
- The child stops eating or nursing the way that they did before the incident.
- The child cries often and for far too long. When parents try to console them, they’re unable to do so.
- The child is more irritable than usual and gets frustrated easily.
- The child cannot focus on a task and has trouble paying attention.
As any parent knows, one of the hard things about a TBI is that some of these issues may already exist. Uninjured children often have trouble paying attention and get frustrated easily. Sorting out the TBI symptoms can be hard. However, if a child has suffered a serious injury, then parents need to understand their legal options.