Supervision Might Prevent a Baby Head Injury

Baby Head InjuryAt TryMunity, we know that babies are incredibly precocious and have a very strong desire for exploration and autonomy. While it is important to allow these characteristics to mature within a child so that they remain thirsty for knowledge and adventure, it is also important to ensure that some preventative measures are taken. While it is not practical to cover your home in bubble wrap, there are a number of things that you can do to help your child avoid suffering from a baby head injury. Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, can happen to anyone at anytime, so while babies are often referred to as being incredibly durable for their size and stature, they still require watchful supervision.

Preventative Measures Are Helpful

Since falls make up 35 percent of all traumatic brain injuries, it is important to consider where your child may be able to fall from. Many children who sleep in a crib will sometimes try to climb out, and while they are able to pull their bodies over the top of the crib, they are not always able to easily climb down. In order to avoid a fall from a crib that results in a baby head injury, make sure that you use a crib that has enough depth to prevent your child from climbing out. If they still have enough ingenuity to make an escape, make sure to listen closely to a baby monitor to ensure that they are sleeping and not attempting to climb out. Any time your child is engaged in play activities, make sure that you are taking part or closely supervising. This way, there is still the opportunity for exploration and for climbing, but a reduced risk of a fall taking place.

Community Support Is Valuable After a Traumatic Brain Injury

At TryMunity, we offer information and support for the families of loved ones who may have suffered from a traumatic brain injury, including those with a baby head injury. If you are in need of information and support from those who are familiar with traumatic brain injuries, join our online community.

Understanding Slight and Transient Brain Injury

Slight and Transient Brain InjuryIf you are suffering from a brain injury, or know someone who is, you are probably aware of the struggles that go along with it. From memory loss to trouble focusing, the list of symptoms can be extensive. However, acquiring a slight and transient brain injury or a traumatic brain injury does not mean that you or those suffering from the injury must stop living life. At TryMunity, an online community full of support groups and health information, we believe that healing and life are very possible after brain injuries.

Understanding a Brain Injury

One of the most common impairments of the brain is a slight and transient brain injury, otherwise known as a concussion. Unfortunately concussions are occurring more frequently in athletes and industrial workers. Anyone suffering from a concussion should receive medical care immediately. Some of the most common symptoms of this type of brain injury include:

  • Headache or cranial pressure
  • Amnesia surrounding the trauma
  • Seeing stars and feeling dizzy
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dazed appearance
  • Great fatigue

If you ever notice anyone exhibiting these symptoms, it is imperative that they receive immediate medical care. Untreated concussions can lead to more serious health problems down the road as bleeding in the brain can be fatal.

Finding Hope and Support

Even though a slight and transient brain injury can be serious, at TryMunity we are dedicated to helping you or your loved ones through the healing process. We offer a great network of support and encouragement alongside medical advice and latest research for understanding brain injuries. If you or someone you know is ready to begin healing from an injury to the brain, please come join our community. You can share your story, read up on the best in health care for brain injuries, and receive encouragement from around the globe.

 

New Picture Book Explores Toddler Head Injury

 

Toddler Head InjuryTryMunity understands that parents have a difficult time talking to children about complex health concerns. Children understand what they can immediately see and feel. This makes discussing subjects such as toddler head injury, seizures and other conditions that exist below the skin’s surface a distinct challenge. Three new books are intended to help children, young adults, and parents make sense of complex medical concerns, specifically concerns related to epilepsy and head injuries.

Turning Health Into a Story

The Children’s Trust is an organization in the United Kingdom for children with brain injuries, their parents and family, and community members. This organization has released three new books about toddler head injury, acquired brain injury and related concerns.

The first book, “Heads Up Tim-Tron” is about a small robot who hurts his head. After his injury, Tim-Tron discovers that one of his circuit boards has stopped working. Children learn together with Tim-Tron that life after a head injury might require new routines but that these routines can help them feel better.

The second book is aimed at older readers. “Acquired Brain Injury – What’s Up With Trauma?” is about a team of superheroes that help a young woman understand her brain injury. This title is part of the Medikidz series of comic books.

“Acquired Brain Injury in Children: A Parent’s Guide” is the third new book from The Children’s Trust. This book empowers parents with answers to pressing questions about their children’s health and long term brain health. Filled with stories, this illustrated guide helps parents navigate the complex topic.

Connect With Other Parents

TryMunity connects parents and families affected by toddler head injury with up to date health care information. Access a wealth of informational resources any time of day and learn more about brain injury and brain injury prevention. This online community is free to join. Start sharing support today.

 

Post Concussive Syndrome: Signs and Symptoms

Post Concussive SyndromeUnfortunately, concussions are becoming rather commonplace, especially for those involved in contact sports. Since concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury, the TryMunity community offers support and education on the topic. If you have recently suffered a concussion and are still experiencing symptoms even after an extended period of time, you may be dealing with post concussive syndrome.

Signs of PCS

Concussions can cause significant trauma, which is why they are considered to be a TBI. The damage to your brain can result in symptoms that last for a long time and in some cases never go away. Signs that you may be dealing with post concussive syndrome include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Noise Sensitivity
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

It can be extremely difficult to live with these physical and psychological issues, which is why getting support from a community is so essential. Some of the symptoms may last a lifetime, while others can be treated with medication.

Dealing With PCS

There is no cure for post concussive syndrome at this time, only treatment of the symptoms. It can be extremely frustrating to think that you may have to withstand years of pain and a life change as the result of one injury. Trying to deal with your diagnosis on your own can obviously be very difficult, but turning to the TryMunity community can help in a great many ways. Our community is full of like-minded individuals who want to both learn and educate people about PCS and other traumatic brain injuries. Visit community.trymunity.com today to join.

Make Lowering The Incidence Of Brain Injuries A Priority

Did you know high school female basketball players are six times more likely to suffer a concussion than males of the same age playing the same sport? Also, do you realize high school female soccer players are 40% more likely to suffer concussions than their soccer-playing male cohorts?

Concussions, one of the most prevalent brain injuries, is a problem reaching near-epidemic proportions nationwide, but they aren’t unique to sports or to children, a fact currently being highlighted across the country, owing to March being National Brain Injury Awareness Month.Students and traumatic brain injury

The number of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) suffered by children and adults each year is a staggering 1.7 million, with another 795,000 individuals sustaining an acquired brain injury (ABI) from non-traumatic causes.

The message in all of this is we must make prevention a priority, especially when we consider that many of the leading causes of TBI are sports, as shown in the attached graphic.

Get involved by supporting an organization devoted to supporting brain injury sufferers in your area. We can all do our part to lower the incidence of brain injuries.

Infographic supplied by: Master of Science in Nursing program at the Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies.

 

Spring Into Safety: Toddler Head Injury Prevention

Toddler Head InjurySpring is around the corner and so are the scooters, skateboards and bikes that young children often love to play with as the weather warms. As children spend more time outside and do more physical activities, it is important to take safety precautions to prevent toddler head injury. At TryMunity, our goal is to educate about and support those affected by head injury.

Helmet Safety

Children are never too young for helmets. Whether they are riding a tricycle or pushing a scooter, young children need to wear a helmet. Toddlers may be at an even greater risk of head injury because they lack some of the motor coordination and strength that older children have. Some activities that require a helmet include:

  • Horseback riding
  • Biking
  • Skateboarding
  • Scooter riding
  • Rollerblading

Helmet safety also includes wearing a helmet properly. Ensuring a snug fit and secure chin straps helps to prevent a toddler head injury if a fall occurs.

Age-Appropriate Activities

Another toddler head injury prevention measure is to provide young children with activities that are age appropriate. Getting young children involved with activities that are designed for older children (e.g. playing on more advanced playground equipment, riding a motorized bike or scooter, etc.) could put them at risk for accidents.

Head injuries in children can be prevented. By taking a few simple safety precautions, the risks for head injures associated with physical play and activities can be managed. To learn more about head injuries or to join our TryMunity online social community, please visit our website at community.trymunity.com.

Improving Recovery Time for Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

Motor vehicle accidents, collisions, assaults, and falls can all result in a traumatic brain injury. At TryMunity, we’re here to help you realize that there is hope after one of these injuries changes your life. Recently, a new study revealed that the blue dye similar to the dye found in sports drinks, candy, and fabric may help improve the recovery time for those that have sustained a TBI.

The Power of Blue Dye

The damage directly following a brain injury that occurs as the brain attempts to heal within the skull is the most threatening to people that have suffered from traumatic brain injury. A recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health sought to discover whether the presence of the dye brilliant blue G could lead to blocking this immune response and prevent swelling in the days following a brain injury.

There are several benefits of using this blue dye to stop swelling in the brain after an injury. First, according to an investigator on the study, it’s clinically safe. And, it’s easy to store and relatively inexpensive. As far as the researchers can tell, the only side-effect it has had on the mice they are testing is that they temporarily take on a light blue hue.

We’re Here for You

Although many strides in traumatic brain injury research, like this study, are being taken, a complete cure doesn’t exist yet. If you suffered from a concussion or another type of brain injury and are having difficulties coping with the effects, join the TryMunity community today.

 

5 Tips for Recovering From a Concussion

ConcussionIf you or a loved one has suffered from a concussion recently, you may have some questions about the possible effects of the injury and where you can turn for help. At TryMunity, we are here to offer support and answers for you and your family. We can put you in touch with an online community that will offer suggestions, ideas, stories and encouragement as you go through this adjustment period.

Tips for Recovering From Head Trauma

A concussion is considered to be a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is usually caused by a jolt, blow, or bump to any area of the head. Although in most cases this type of injury is mild, some of the effects can become serious if they are not taken care of properly. Here are some tips to help you recover:

  • Get plenty of rest throughout the day and enough sleep at night.
  • Avoid physically and mentally demanding activities.
  • Don’t drive or operate machinery until you get the okay from your doctor.
  • Stay away from alcohol and other drugs until you recover completely.
  • Let your doctor know about any unusual symptoms.

Here at TryMunity, we want to make sure your concussion recovery goes smoothly and that you get the support you need. Get connected with our online community to receive more helpful tips about TBI recovery and what to expect in the weeks and months to come.

Preventing Traumatic Brain Injury in Children

Traumatic Brain InjuryInjuries of any kind can be scary and life-altering. Brain injuries are no different, and sometimes have an even greater negative effect. The brain is a critical and sensitive organ in the body which is primarily responsible for other bodily functions and movements. Active children and teens may be at a greater risk for traumatic brain injury as they participate in recreational and sporting activities. At TryMunity, we hope to pass on safety measures that can be taken to mitigate that risk.

Young Children

Infants and young children are prone to falls and accidents. Often, these youngsters are curious and eager to explore but lack motor function and coordination to get out of harm’s way. Some ways to prevent an accident— and a subsequent traumatic brain injury are to install safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs, secure window guards, and ensure play surfaces at parks or other places of recreation are made of shock-absorbent materials, such as sand or wood chips. Another important consideration is car safety. Properly installing and using car seats and boosters can help to prevent a serious head injury in the event of a car accident.

Older Children

As children grow and participate in more physical activities, precautions should be taken to prevent traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion. Helmets go a long way in this regard. Some of the activities that necessitate wearing a helmet include the following:

  • Horseback riding
  • Skateboarding
  • Bike riding
  • Batting
  • Playing contact sports

Preventing head injuries for active children is possible. To learn more about head injuries or to connect with others who have endured similar accidents, join the TryMunity support community.

Do Helmets Protect Skiers Against Traumatic Brain Injury?

Skiing Traumatic Brain InjuryMost skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts are trained to wear a helmet when hitting the slopes. However, experts are now questioning whether a protective piece of plastic is sufficient in preventing snow lovers from obtaining head trauma, including traumatic brain injury. More American snowboarders and skiers than ever before are wearing helmets. The number of these conscientious riders has nearly tripled since 2003, as seventy percent of all skiers and boarders are now wearing helmets. According to the National Ski Areas Association, incidents of brain injuries or fatalities related to snow-sports have remained unchanged. The TryMunity community offers support for those who have been affected by these head injuries.

Who is at risk?

While all experts agree that wearing a helmet when participating in snow-sports is vital, studies have shown that wearing a helmet may be correlated to a greater likelihood of engaging in risky behaviors. Many boarders and skiers believe that because they are wearing a helmet, they are able to attempt high-risk jumps and going off trail. Those who are at highest risk are males between the ages of seventeen and thirty.

What is being done?

Many helmet manufacturers are turning their attention toward redesigning their helmets using new technology to maximize protection from traumatic brain injury. Efforts have also been made to educate those who wear helmets as to their limitations.

Join TryMunity

Whether you suffer from traumatic brain injury or you are simply interested in learning more information about head injuries, TryMunity can answer your questions as well as lend vital support. We strive to educate others on the facts of traumatic brain conditions and head injury. By joining our community, you will be linked with others who share your condition. Join today by visiting http://community.trymunity.com/.

Source:  The New York Times, “Ski Helmet Use Isn’t Reducing Brain Injuries,” Kelley McMillan, December 31,2013.