As mother’s, we do all we can to protect our children. From the time our babies come into this world to….. We never stop caring and loving them. Protecting their well-being is the most important because we would love to see them grow up, but as they grow up its never easy. We watch them fall from their first step to riding a bicycle, getting hurt while playing sports, or just tripping accidently. Like the story I’m about to tell you.
My son was 2 years old, he was sitting on a huge bouncy ball in front of the TV. While I was in the kitchen cooking dinner, I heard a huge “thump”. As I ran into the living room, he had a soundless cry, and held his forehead. I moved his hand outta the way to see what was wrong. Above his right eyebrow was a blue-ish purple bump the size a Ping-Pong ball. I swear it hurt me as much as it hurt him. After this moment, I was always cautious about where he was at and what he was doing. Mother are just cautious when it come to their children. What more can do? First of all, a child from birth to young adults have brains that are still developing. So mothers protect their children by protecting their child brains, which are most fragile when it comes to brain injuries. Accidents happen whether we like it or not, so what steps can we take to prevent more server injuries, like traumatic brain injury?
Parents & Children:
- Always put child in appropriate seat (car-seat, toddler booster seat).
- Always wear you seat belts.
- Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle, motor scooters.
Parents & Teachers
- Know they signs of concussion to prevent further brain damage
- Watch children when at playground. Falling.
- Talk to children\students about protecting their brains.
It is very important that teachers, education staff, school nurse, and sports staff know the signs of concussion. This help prevents brain injuries in students. Here is some information about traumatic brain injury: What is Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)? TBI is an insult to the brain that is cause by external physical force. The most common causes of traumatic brain injury may be results of vehicle collisions, sports or recreation activities and violence. There are other factors related to TBI such as child abuse, domestic violence, work-related (construction), and firearms (war zone). In addition to what causes TBI, are the types of TBI which include closed head injuries and open head injuries. Closed head injuries are results from vehicle collision, sport-related and recreation related. Open head (penetrating) injuries are results from bullet wounds to the head, war zone injuries, and depending on the part of the brain that is injured. Some patients of TBI have permanent damage to the brain in which there are two types of brain damage: primary brain damage which occurs at time of impact (skull-fracture, bleeding) and the second being secondary brain damage (seizures or brain swelling).With todays, technology there are numerous ways to seek information about prevention measures, and if you have a close family member or friend who has TBI there are places to get services like therapy, counseling, and family counseling. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are approximately 1.5 million to 2 million people in the U.S. who sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. Researchers have found that injury to the brain are likely to permanently damage an individual’s physical ability, short or long-memory loss, emotional functioning, behavioral changes, damages to eye, speech, and loss of motivation to continuing making life normal as possible after brain injury. For more information about TBI, I suggest you cdc.gov. Very easy website to use and the information there is very help, also the have programs like: HEADS UP: concussion training, for youth sports, high school sports, and for medical providers. Visit cdc.gov.