The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the number one cause of disability and death among children and adolescents in the United States.
This particularly true for children under 4 years of age and teens between 15 and 19.
Research has shown that TBIs are particularly traumatic for children, as they impact the child’s brain development and can cause serious cognitive impairment over time.
Negative effects include a decline in reasoning and trouble processing information.
Some of these adverse effects are not obvious right away. They may come up later when the children advance in age and are faced with different cognitive challenges.