YOUR CHILD’S VULNERABLE BRAIN: Bumps to the head can impact your child’s brain for years to come
How many times have our children bumped their heads? My granddaughter slipped and fell on a marble floor running through the kitchen in her socks when she was three years old – the blow to the back of her head sent blood flying in all directions. Rushing her to the hospital, we realized she was going to have a concussion. She will never remember that incident, yet in that moment the Neuro Net of her brain went into shock and her brain slowed down to start the healing process.
Concussions from skateboard accidents, blows to the head from being hit with a bat in Little League, falling out of a tree – almost everyone either has a similar story or knows someone who experienced a head injury. When I was a young girl I was hanging upside down from the top of the swing set and fell straight on my head.
What we don’t often realize is these blows to the head can create a number of conditions that will develop in the months and years following the injury – ADD, headaches, anxiety, depression and many more.
In fact we’re seeing it now with our professional athletes where research studies are finding that so many repeated blows to the head from playing football, soccer, etc. has a lasting adverse effect on the Neuro Net.
Often times the impact of the injury isn’t apparent immediately after the injury – in the weeks and months after a blow to the head, look for signs of stuttering, lack of concentration, possibly drifting off (or what we would call daydreaming), irritability, defiance, disassociating with friends and even feeling anxious and argumentative.
If you notice yourself or your child exhibiting any of these symptoms or behaviors after a blow to the head there is help. Having a brain assessment after an injury is a helpful tool to see if the injury has actually created damage to the neural pathways.