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Effects of a traumatic brain injury on children can span 10 years

Accidents are unexpected and can happen in the blink of an eye. Those involved are often permanently affected, whether it is physically, emotionally or financially. But the situation can be even more frustrating if the accident was the result of someone else's negligence, carelessness or recklessness.

It is no surprise that victims of accidents may suffer any number of physical injuries. One type of injury that can impact an individual in many ways is a brain injury. But just how much impact can head trauma have on someone, especially if that someone is a child?

Recently the results of a brain injury study were released. The study looked at a number of young children who suffered traumatic brain injuries over a period of 10 years.

Prior to the release of this study's results, researchers believed that head injuries affected children for up to five years after the initial trauma. However now it appears that the effects can last for up to 10 years.

The effects of a traumatic brain injury on children can be even more dangerous because their brains are still developing. A head injury can cause problems as children develop higher learning skills such as planning and organization. And research shows that it's harder for children with brain injuries to continue to develop at the same pace as children who have not suffered a similar injury.

Recovering from a traumatic brain injury is possible but may require intense rehabilitation and therapy. And while this type of medical treatment can be extremely costly for families, it can help a child with a traumatic brain injury recover from the potential effects.

Source: Time, "Study: Brain Injuries in Childhood Have Lasting Effects on Learning," Alice Park, Jan. 23, 2012

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