Brain Injuries in Kids May Increase the Risks of ADHD
If your child has suffered a brain injury because of negligence or wrongdoing, you should contact a Miami injury lawyer to get help pursuing a claim for compensation. The brain injury can impact your child’s health and future in profoundly negative ways and you need to ensure you obtain full compensation available to you so you can provide appropriate care and help your child to have the best quality of life possible even after being injury.
Unfortunately, brain injuries can sometimes put children at risk for permanent mental conditions that will alter how they think and behave. For example, Everyday Health reported recently that children who experience an injury to the brain experience a higher risk of attention-deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Children Who Suffer Brain Injury Face Higher ADHD Risk
According to Everyday Health, researchers reviewed hospital records for a total of 187 children between the ages of three and seven. Of those children, 81 experienced overnight hospital stays because they suffered a traumatic brain injury while the remaining 106 children in the study had stayed overnight in a hospital after suffering an orthopedic injury. At the time of the children’s overnight stays in the hospital, none had been diagnosed with ADHD.
Parents subsequently reported on their children’s condition over the next seven years until the children reached middle school age. In particular, parents reported on whether their children experienced symptoms of ADHD, were diagnosed with ADHD, or were prescribed medications for ADHD.
Unfortunately, the children who had been hospitalized as a result of a traumatic brain injury developed ADHD in the future at much higher rates than the kids who were hospitalized because of an orthopedic injury. In fact, the children who had been diagnosed with a TBI were more than three times as likely to later be diagnosed with ADHD compared with the kids who had not suffered injury to the brain. This was true even though study authors excluded children whose parents indicated the kids had suffered from attention problems before suffering a brain injury.
Researchers also discovered that even children who had experienced a moderate brain injury, not a severe one, still had an elevated risk. In fact, children with a moderate brain injury had twice the risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder compared with kids who hadn’t suffered any type of brain injury during their formative years. This suggests that the severity of the injury doesn’t play a big role in the risk a child will develop ADHD – any type of brain injury can have an impact.
The researchers conducting the study also indicated that ADHD is the most common psychiatric disorder that develops in children with a history of suffering a traumatic brain injury.
Recovering compensation after a child has suffered a brain injury can be very important to ensure that there is money available to provide high quality care and to meet a child’s long-term needs. A Miami injury lawyer can help parents whose kids have been hurt to fight for the monetary damages they deserve. Just give us a call today to find out how an attorney can help you.