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Guidelines involving pediatric TBI

Although traumatic brain injuries can be seriously debilitating for people across the country, children are especially at risk of developing long-term damage and other complications from brain trauma. Children’s brains are continually developing, and further development may be affected by brain trauma depending on the severity of the injury, as well as what part of the brain is injured. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 800,000 kids visit emergency rooms seeking treatment for traumatic brain injuries every year. It is only just recently, however, that the CDC came up with guidelines providers can follow regarding diagnosis and treatment of TBI in children.

Under the new guidelines, physicians are able to look at evidence-based scales showing symptoms in order to diagnose children with traumatic brain injuries. Physicians can use these symptoms to determine whether they should order CT scans, as performing screenings increases children’s’ risk of developing cancer. Physicians are given guidelines regarding counseling parents of children who have been diagnosed with TBI. Experts suggest patients return to performing regular activities after no more than two or three days of rest following a brain injury. This excludes returning to sports, as patients should allow a longer rest period before engaging in these types of activities.

Whether a child receives a concussion while playing football, or is involved in a car accident and suffers from brain trauma, the new guidelines imposed by the CDC is expected to help physicians and parents work together to provide a better outcome for adolescent patients.

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