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Brain Injuries in Children Can Have Long-Term Effects, Study Says

Moderate to severe brain injuries in children can have long-lasting effects, a new study has revealed. The study’s results, to be published in a pediatric journal, show that children who sustain brain injuries in car crashes, falls and other accidents often have a lifetime of problems.

According to US News and World Report, the study took a look at 729 children under the age of 18 who were treated in emergency rooms in Philadelphia and Seattle in 2007 and 2008. Researchers compared their pre-accident functioning, usually with the help of their parents, to their conditions after suffering brain injuries.

Researchers reportedly performed tests at three months, one year and two years after the injuries. They apparently used the tests to determine whether the children were depressed, how well they could concentrate, whether they could interact with others and what their memory was like. The children were also tested to see how they could perform everyday activities such as brushing their teeth.

Researchers found that those who were severely injured endured a lower quality of life than children undergoing active treatment for cancer.

At least 85 percent of those injured suffered some sort of mild trauma. Those with only minor injuries were unlikely to see lasting effects beyond three months. However, those injured more severely continued to suffer problems on a daily basis even two years after being injured.

Boys were twice as likely to sustain injures than girls, while the youngest (under age 4) and the oldest (ages 15 to 17) were most likely to sustain severe or moderate injuries.

If your child has brain injuries due to the negligence of a doctor, contact the Tavares brain injury lawyers of Oldham & Smith.

Source: US News and World Report, “Children with head injuries can face lifetime of problems,” Ellin Holohan, Oct. 27, 2011

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