Injury sustained by children, especially brain injury whether suffered during birth or following an accident, can have a devastating impact on not only them but their whole family. It can change the family’s life for ever, leading to stress and anxiety, financial pressure, breakdown in relationships, and of course, worries about the child’s future. Unlike in an adult, it can take many, many years to determine the full extent of the damage because a young child would not have developed to a level where any change in behaviour, for instance, would be apparent straightaway.
According to The Child Brain Injury Trust, a charity which provides support to children and their family, every 30 minutes a child or a young person will acquire a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness. That is a shocking fact, but sadly, a reality. Whilst some incidents giving rise to injury can be prevented through better awareness and education (for example, encouragement to wear bright clothing when out during the winter months so that they are seen by motorists), others simply cannot be. It is therefore important that parents and carers pay particular attention to any change in behaviour or habit in their child following an accident where there may have been a blow to the head. Early diagnosis of brain injury can increase the chances of recovery and better management of the condition.