The incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in children is staggering. It seems to be a daily (or hourly) occurrence for young children bump their heads. Most of these bumps are harmless. During summer, however, many children are outdoors more and navigating uneven and unfamiliar terrain. They discover countless opportunities to explore new places and things. Certainly, children learn from their explorations. Yet these explorations and new terrain can be dangerous.
I must admit that when I review the statistics I understand the parents who, if they could, would dress their children each morning in several layers of bubble wrap and a crash helmet.
Causes of Injury and Death
According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for 2015 (the latest data available), the leading causes of death for children from unintentional injuries and nonfatal injuries requiring a trip to the emergency room, for each age group, are: [Read more…]