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Why are pediatric brain injuries so difficult to diagnose?

On Behalf of | Aug 26, 2022 | Car Accidents, Injuries, Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Traumatic brain injuries are a leading cause of hospitalization for all age groups in the U.S. If you have a child, though, he or she may be particularly vulnerable to brain damage during a car accident. In fact, according to a recent study for the Center for Pediatric Trauma Research and others, between 50,000 and 60,000 children require hospitalization for TBIs every year in the U.S.

TBI also is the leading cause of both death and disability for American children. Sadly, though, it can be difficult to diagnose a pediatric brain injury for a couple of different reasons.

Your child’s normal development

No two children develop in exactly the same timeframe Indeed, your child may be ahead of the pack one month only to fall slightly behind the next. Because of this, it can be difficult to know whether your child’s developmental delay is normal or stems from a TBI. Often, absent physical signs of injury, pediatricians take a wait-and-see approach to developmental delays.

Your child’s inability to communicate

When you are not feeling well, you can complain to your spouse, friends, employer and anyone else who will listen. Your son or daughter simply may not have that option. Indeed, if your child is non-verbal or has not yet developed a working vocabulary, he or she simply may not be able to tell you or a pediatrician about a TBI.

As a parent, you can watch your child for evidence of possible TBI. This may include mood or behavioral changes, crying, irritability or loss of appetite. Ultimately, though, fighting for the correct diagnosis ensures your child has access to the medical care and rehabilitation he or she needs to make a full recovery.