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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

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By Denise Morganthall

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) nearly 1.7 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) each year.

 

TBI results from an external force such as a blow or jolt to the head. The severity can range from mild, such as a concussion, to severe, involving an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia. Brain injuries should be identified and treated as quickly as possible. Most people with TBI recover quickly and fully. But for some people symptoms can last for days, weeks or longer and in severe cases can lead to coma and even death. It takes time for the brain to heal, which is why repeated injuries, such as in domestic violence cases, are particularly dangerous.

 

Males are about 1.5 times as likely as females to sustain a TBI, and the two age groups at highest risk for TBI are 0-4 year olds and 15 to 19 year olds. One example of a traumatic brain injury that could affect the younger set is Shaken Baby Syndrome.

 

While KidsPeace does not specialize in this type of treatment, we are aware that TBI is a critical health concern and recognize that it is critical for those who are injured to be seen by a healthcare professional immediately. And as with many conditions, family involvement can be an essential component to recovery.


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