Think About It
This month the Brain Injury Association of America will mark Brain Injury Awareness Month. Each year 2.4 million Americans sustain brain injuries including 564,0001 children. About 75% of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) that occur each year are concussions or other forms of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI)2.
Slips, falls and tumbles are a normal part of being a kid, but there are several things that you can do protect them from more serious injuries like concussions and TBIs.
- Always make sure your child always wears a helmet and that it fits properly when biking, skating or skateboarding.
- If your child plays sports, learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion. This is even more important if you are a coach.
- Install window guards in your home and use approved safety gates on stairs.
- Secure televisions and furniture so that kids cannot tip them over.
- Always use a car seat when traveling in a car. Every ride, every time.
For more information see our safety tips, visit the CDC's Traumatic Brain Injury website or the Brain Injury Association of America website.
2Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2019). Surveillance Report of Traumatic Brain Injury-related Emergency Department Visits, Hospitalizations, and Deaths—United States, 2014. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.