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Children with brain injuries may develop attention issues

Ohio parents may be interested to learn about a new study that shows children with traumatic brain injury, or TBI, suffer more lapses in attention and experience longer reaction times than kids who suffer injuries to other areas of the body. The study was conducted by researchers in the Netherlands.

Researchers compared 113 children who had suffered traumatic head injuries with 53 children who suffered injuries to other parts of the body. The kids ranged in age from 6 to 13. An average of 18 months after the injury occurred, the study found that parents of TBI patients reported higher rates of attention and anxiety problems in their children than parents of non-TBI patients. Parents of TBI patients also reported higher levels of aggression and slower reaction times in their children. Ninety-one percent of the children suffered moderate to severe TBI, which means they lost consciousness for 30 minutes or more and experienced at least an hour of post-traumatic amnesia.

Medical professionals have known for 15 years that "secondary attention deficit hyperactivity disorder" can develop in children who suffer TBI. The new study did not examine potential treatments for TBI-related attention problems, but experts suggest that the stimulant treatments used by ADHD patients may also work for young TBI patients. To prevent traumatic brain injuries, children are encouraged to wear helmets when bicycling or participating in any sport or activity that could lead to a blow to the head.

Ohio residents who suffer traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another party may wish to speak with an attorney. It may be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party seeking compensation for current and future medical expenses and other damages.

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