Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children

pediatric brain injuryTraumatic brain injuries can result in significant trauma and impact the quality of life for any injury victim.

When it comes to traumatic brain injury in children, the long term consequences for these types of injuries can be even more tragic.

According to the Brain Injury Association of America, traumatic brain injuries are a leading cause of disability in children in the United States. By understanding the leading causes of traumatic brain injury in children, we can learn how these accidents take place and take steps to protecting young ones from suffering a serious injury.

Falls

Falls are the number one leading cause of traumatic brain injury for adults and children alike. Falls are responsible for 50% of all TBIs for children aged 0 to 14. Fall rates are highest for children aged 0 to 4 and adults aged 75+.

The Brain Injury Association of America reports that some of the leading causes of TBIs caused by falls include poor lighting, throw rugs and obstacles such as throw rugs.

Car Accidents

Traffic accidents are another leading cause of TBIs for injury victims of all ages, including children. Motor vehicle accidents are the second leading cause of deaths caused by traumatic brain injury.

Colliding with Objects

Colliding with objects is the second leading cause of traumatic brain injury for children aged 0 to 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These accidents include injuries that were caused by being struck by a moving object as well striking against a stationary object, such as a piece of furniture.

In many instances, cases of traumatic brain injury in children could easily have been prevented if the proper safety precautions had been in place.

  • Using proper lighting and ensuring walkways are clear of debris can lower the risk of a fall taking place.
  • Ensuring young passengers are properly secured while traveling in a vehicle can lower their risk of being serious injured in the event of an accident.
  • Childproofing your home from sharp corners on furniture and ensuring young athletes wear the necessary safety equipment can lower a child’s risk of sustaining a head injury.

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