Slipping and falling can endanger your child if his or her head hits the ground. Head injuries can range from a mild concussion to a severe traumatic brain injury. Immediate treatment can prevent worsening symptoms.
Recovering from a brain injury of any intensity will take time. Avoiding certain activities and making sure your child gets enough rest can facilitate recovery.
Your child’s recovery from a head injury will look different depending on the severity of the fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms of a head injury include the following:
- Memory loss
- Inconsistent sleeping patterns
- Sensitivity to noise
Your child’s doctor should instruct you about what to do to minimize discomfort and encourage recovery. In the days and weeks following your child’s accident, practice vigilance in watching for worsening symptoms. Some head injuries appear less severe than they really are at first, but become more noticeable later on. If you notice any new symptoms or symptoms that do not appear to improve, consult with your child’s doctor immediately.
Long-term care and support
Depending on your child’s circumstances, a head injury could result in life-changing consequences. If your child’s fall resulted in a severe TBI, you may need to rely on long-term care to provide support and ongoing treatment. Having a committed team of doctors and a well-rounded treatment plan can provide you and your child with the necessary support to adapt to the changes created by your child’s situation. You may also consider therapy to help you adjust to the added mental stress of your caregiver responsibilities.