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Concussion in young children is often undiagnosed

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2022 | Brain Injuries |

Concussions are more often associated with contact sports than with car accidents. However, the impact of the brain smashing into the rigid inner walls of the skull upon impact in a crash can cause invisible injuries. Crash victims in Ontario and elsewhere may only recognize brain trauma hours or even days after the accident, but what about small children? How would they recognize concussions in babies?

The causes of concussions

The brain is protected by fluid and enclosed within the skull. The fluid acts as a cushion that prevents the brain from contacting the skull. But the impact of an accident can cause the heads of vehicle occupants to move fast enough for the brain to collide with the rigid walls of the skull.

Concussion symptoms?

There is a misconception that a concussion can only occur if a victim loses consciousness. However, many crash victims remain conscious throughout, which might be why they only recognize concussion symptoms much later. Concussion symptoms fall into four categories:

  • Remembering and thinking: Unable to concentrate, unable to recall new information, inability to think clearly and feeling fuzzy
  • Physical: Sensitivity to light and noise, headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue
  • Emotional and mood: Short-tempered, mood swings, anxiety
  • Sleep: Struggling to fall asleep, sleeping less or more than usual

Telltale signs of concussion in a young child

Before children can communicate their symptoms, parents might not recognize potential concussions if they do not know to check for the following signs:

  • Excessive crying
  • Playing and acting differently
  • Eating, nursing and sleeping differently
  • More temper tantrums than usual
  • Uninterested in favourite toys and activities
  • Unable to maintain balance when standing up or walking
  • Loss of recently learned skills like self-feeding or using the toilet.

Victims of car accidents that resulted from another person’s negligence might have grounds to pursue financial relief. Concussions and traumatic brain injuries could be life-changing, often needing long-term therapy. Mounting medical bills could exacerbate the overall impact of the accident, regardless of the age of the victims. A personal injury lawsuit filed in an Ontario civil court might result in a monetary award to cover financial losses.

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