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How do brain injuries affect children?

If your child has experienced a brain injury, you likely have a lot of questions and concerns. Perhaps the most common fear you share with other parents in Iowa is how the injury will affect your child in the long term. You have a good reason to be concerned because children’s brains are not fully developed. It is natural to wonder if there could be lasting results of the injury.

Immediately after the injury, you are likely to see symptoms of it. The Brain Injury Association of America notes common signs of brain injury include headaches and fatigue, along with problems involving vision, balance, motor coordination and hearing. Your child may also begin suffering seizures and have problems talking. It all depends on the area of the brain that was affected.

Cognitive and social impairments as a result of an injury are often not immediately clear. It can take years for effects to become obvious. They usually appear over time as the child develops. The most common issues will affect how a child thinks, learn and acts. For example, a child may be able to function normally in school for a few years until the work becomes harder or requires the use of different areas of the brain. Only then will the effects of the injury be seen.

It is very difficult to predict exactly how a brain injury will affect a child in the future. That is why it is important that you continue following up with doctors and keep the lines of communication open with your child’s school. This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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