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.
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.