As you may know, March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month – so we headed to The Pediatric and Adolescent program at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Mary Free Bed provides more inpatient rehabilitation for children and teens than any other hospital in Michigan.
Above is the story of 16 year old Ella Merrill who suffered a serious brain injury during a traffic accident. Her recovery at Mary Free Bed is pretty extraordinary!
>>> Take a look.
Brain injuries top the list of conditions in their inpatient rehabilitation program, twice as many brain injuries as the next diagnosis.
Brain injuries in children are not the same as brain injuries in adults.
Anatomically children have larger heads in proportion to the rest of their bodies and weaker necks, so they are “top heavy” and more prone to fall. Recent studies indicate children are more susceptible than adults to permanent brain damage even when the force of the injuries are equivalent.
What are brain injury symptoms?
*KEY: Not all symptoms appear immediately
Typical signs include:
- Loss of consciousness
Symptoms that can be missed:
- Mood swings
- Inability to concentrate
- Poor attention spans
- Inappropriate behavior
- Changes in eating & sleeping patterns
- Communication problems
- Vision problems