Children play hard, and can sustain a traumatic brain injury from participating in sports and actually colliding with someone or even having their head jerked in a violent fashion. There are a variety of other ways a child could suffer a TBI, including a car accident.
However, noticing a difference in behavior, especially for a younger child, might not be as obvious as for an adult that has suffered a TBI. Here are six signs and symptoms of a brain injury that you may notice in a child right away, or weeks after the injury has occurred…
1. Dizziness or Vomiting
Vomiting can be fairly common in young children, but if it occurs often following a head injury, then you should take more notice. Your young child may throw up without warning (they might not communicate that they feel sick) according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, making it more difficult to deal with the situation depending on where you are.
Your child may also become a bit unsteady on their feet due to dizziness, which is another physical sign you can observe. These symptoms may also be accompanied by a headache, which they may or may not inform you about.