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Wisconsin accident lawyer, Wisconsin injury attorneyEach year, around 2.5 million people visit the emergency room for a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Some of those visitors are children who sustained their injury during an automobile crash. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of TBI among children and young adults between five and 24 years of age. If your child has suffered a concussion because of a traffic accident, learn how you can help them recover, and what your legal rights are regarding compensation.

Study Finds Parents Are Often Too Restrictive after Brain Injuries

Children who suffer a concussion need rest, but researchers from the UCLA Health say parents are actually giving their children too much downtime after injury. Exercise is important to their recovery, as long as it does not put them at risk for further injury (no sports and no “rough” play). So is socialization with their peers. Parents should also avoid waking their child up in the night to check on them since a lack of sleep, which is often the result of this outdated advice, might make their headache and mood worse. In short, protect your child, but still give them a chance to be a child.

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Wisconsin accident attorney, Wisconsin injury lawyerNow that science better understands the long-term consequences of a concussion, doctors are searching for ways to better determine who may be at risk. This is particularly true when it comes to children, who are at especially high risk for secondary complications. Unfortunately, testing has remained fairly inconsistent and extremely difficult. However, a new study revealed a possible test that may be more reliable.

Concussions in Kids

Previous research indicates that, of all children who suffer from a concussion, about 30 percent will have persistent symptoms for a month or longer. Referred to as persistent post-concussion symptoms (PPCS), these ongoing ailments can include headaches, dizziness, thinking problems, and emotional issues, such as anxiety or irritability. All have the potential to affect them at home and at school. And, because these children are at higher risk for secondary, more severe traumatic incidents, they are often kept out of the recreational activities they love.

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