Brain injuries can be caused by everyday incidents such as trampoline accidents and sports injuries. Whenever there is a possibility that a child may land on his or her head or neck, there is a possibility that it may result in a brain injury.
Many of these incidents can be prevented if parents make sure that their child wears a helmet anytime they are riding a bicycle, a skateboard or a scooter and when skiing – whether it be in the snow or on the water. Pediatric brain injuries can also occur in otherwise non-serious automotive accidents when a child is restrained improperly. This is why it is so important to be sure that your child is in a car seat, booster seat or other appropriate child restraint that is height and weight appropriate.
Getting your child to wear a helmet can be a real challenge when doing so is perceived to be “uncool”. One way to encourage them is to show them images of professional athletes who are wearing helmets while doing the same activities your child loves to do – cycling, skateboarding and even skiing. Keep in mind too that you are your child’s greatest role model so lead by example. Be sure to wear a helmet yourself whenever engaged in any of these activities and your child will be more likely to do so as well.
Even the smallest accident that involves a head injury can cause irreparable brain damage. Be sure to follow the same safety measures on a daily basis – no bicycling or skateboarding without a helmet and never go on a car ride without buckling up. Children in car seats, and booster seats should only ride in the back seats of cars where they are safe from the air bags, should they be deployed. Again, lead by example by ensuring that whenever you are in a moving vehicle, your seatbelt is properly buckled.
Brain injury is a common problem with young children, but a problem that can be avoided when caregivers take a few preventative measures.