Traumatic brain injuries among children: common causes and prevention tips

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can occur due to a variety of reasons, leading to cognitive impairment, disabilities or even death. Because of their potentially debilitating consequences, being aware of how to prevent brain injuries among children is important.

A recent study in the Brain Injury journal identified the top 10 consumer products or activities that have led to TBI-related emergency room visits among 4.1 million children and teens in the United States. Researchers said around 72 percent of nonfatal TBIs in these age groups are linked to everyday items and activities like home furnishings and sports respectively. Here is the full list:

  • Beds
  • Floors
  • Football
  • Stairs
  • Basketball
  • Bicycles
  • Ceilings and walls
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • Soccer

Sports and recreation were associated with 28.8 percent of brain injuries in children. They were followed by home furnishings and fixtures, as well as home structures and construction materials, each accounting for just over 17 percent of TBIs. Child nursery equipment and toys were linked to 2.7 percent and 2.4 percent of injuries respectively.

The researchers recommended several strategies to prevent TBIs in children around the home including:

  • Removing area rugs and other tripping hazards
  • Improving lighting
  • Avoiding prefabricated stairs
  • Using more home safety devices such as stair-gates and guardrails
  • Avoiding hard-surface playgrounds

Health care providers should also perform routine imaging tests on children with mild TBIs. TBI occurs when a sudden blow, bump or jolt damages the brain and disrupts its normal function. If your loved one has suffered a brain injury, contact the personal injury attorneys at Joyce & Reyes to learn how we can help.