Preventing Brain Injuries

Of all injuries, TBI is the leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults in this country. There are several steps you can take to promote good Head Health and reduce the risk of injury in children.

Simple Steps to Head Health and injury prevention

  • Effective use of seatbelts and car seats. Most car seats are not used properly – make sure yours are. Statistics show that up to 90% of car seats are improperly installed. Schedule an appointment to visit St. Mary’s Car Seat Fitting Station and have your car seat inspected by a certified technician. Or see the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines.
  • Employ helmets where appropriate. This includes biking, skating/boarding, skiing, etc.. Note that many sports helmets (particularly bike helmets) can only be used for one impact. Invest in the right helmet for the right sport!
  • Hold hands while crossing the street; and cross only at the corner or crosswalk. Obey all traffic rules when biking, skating or walking.
  • Teach and use safe sports techniques (e.g., for tackling in football).
  • Remember that small children can drown in very small amounts of water. Even a couple of inches of water in a bucket or in the tub pose a tremendous risk. Supervision in bathing and water sports situations is well worth it.
  • There is a meningitis vaccine available for teens to help prevent a rare, but potentially fatal disorder (a Stuyvesant HS Student in NYC died recently).

If you hit head your head during sports or at play;

  • Tell an adult right away.
  • Get checked out by a doctor or nurse for a possible concussion (a mild brain injury).
  • Do not participate in any physical activity until your doctor or nurse tells you it’s ok.
  • Give your brain some time to heal.

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