Source: cdc.gov | Re-Post Duerson Fund 2/27/2018 –
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) in children is a significant public health problem in the United States. A traumatic brain injury disrupts the normal function of the brain and can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a related injury.
CDC recently released a Report to Congress on The Management of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children, which details the impact a TBI can have on children and their families. The report also:
Identifies gaps in care
Provides opportunities for action to reduce the gaps, and
Highlights key policy strategies to address the short and long-term consequences of a TBI.
Children have the highest rate of emergency department visits for traumatic brain (TBI) injury of all age groups. TBI affects children differently than adults. An injury of any severity to the developing brain can disrupt a child’s development, and may result in restrictions in school and participation in activities (e.g., sports). As a result of TBI, children can experience changes in their health, thinking, and behavior that affect learning, self-regulation, and social participation, all of which are important in becoming a productive adult.