Parents in Ontario might be aware of the risks of concussions if their children play contact sports like hockey. However, would they know if a toddler comes home from day care with brain injuries? A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, and it can happen even without a blow to the head. Violent shaking of a child can cause brain trauma, and there will be no signs of injury to the head.
If parents notice that a very young child is not as alert as usual, or if they struggle to wake a sleeping child, there might be a reason to look for other concerning signs. This can include not wanting to eat or breastfeed, being inconsolable or irritable, or losing a skill such as toilet training. The child might have blurry or double vision, but if he or she is very young, the parents might not detect this.
If one side of the child's body appears weak, if there is seizure activity or if the child is nauseous and vomits more than twice, there might be brain trauma. An alarming symptom of brain injuries is fluid or blood coming from the ears or nose or bruising in the areas of the child's ears or eyes. At the presence of any of these signs, parents should call 911 or take the child to the emergency room.
If the child came home from day care showing any of these symptoms, the parents might have grounds to seek financial relief through the Ontario civil justice system. Proving that brain injuries were caused by negligence on the part of a day care centre might be challenging. However, an experienced personal injury lawyer can provide the necessary support and guidance.