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How To Identify a Brain Injury in a Toddler or Baby

As a parent, you only want what’s best for your child and you’ll do anything to prevent them from experiencing any harm. Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and if you find yourself wondering whether your child suffered a brain injury, you certainly need to be prepared to identify the potential signs and symptoms.

Unlike adults or older children, toddlers and babies are unable to explain what they’re experiencing, so we, as their caretakers, must read between the lines. If your child sustained any head trauma, like a blow to the head while playing with older children, a hard fall, or a loss of oxygen, they could sustain a brain injury as a result. When dealing with young children, it’s especially important to seek medical treatment for these types of injuries immediately, as a delay in treatment can lead to more severe damage.

That being said, if you suspect your child may have suffered a brain injury, look for these telltale signs:

  • Unusual irritability
  • Excessive crying
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive drowsiness
  • Interrupted or strange sleep patterns
  • Vomiting
  • Disrupted motor skills
  • Difficulty walking (if the child normally walks)
  • A bump or bruise on the head
  • Crying when moving their head
  • Behavior changes
  • Loss of interest in usual activities
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Difficulty concentrating

Ultimately, you know your child best, and if you think he or she is acting strangely after any sort of head injury, you should visit a hospital for treatment immediately. With the proper scans, (x-rays, CT scans, and MRI scans), a competent doctor will be able to assess your child, make a diagnosis, and begin treatment immediately. Although there is little to be done about mild concussions, more serious head injuries may require surgery, medication, and other forms of treatment.

As terrible as it is to contemplate, babies and young children do experience head injuries more often than you may think. In some cases, those injuries may be caused by simple accidents, but sometimes, someone’s negligence or mistake may have led to your child’s injury. If, for example, your baby was deprived of oxygen during the delivery process, you may have a birth injury case. Or, if your child fell while playing on faulty playground equipment, the playset manufacturer or property owner may be liable. In any case, if your child was injured and you suspect someone else may be liable, our firm is here to help. We can assess your current situations and help you identify the liable party and move forward with the claims process.

To get started, contact Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today.