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traumatic brain injury prevention

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children. The most common causes of TBI in children: falls.  One cause of the frequency of toddler head injuries is that the toddler’s head is his center of gravity, proportionally larger than the rest of his body, and hence can easily propel him forward or backward.  As parents we want to give our babies and toddlers freedom to explore their new world. But we also want to protect our toddler’s head in the process. We wonder whether all the bumps, falls, tumbles, and “mild” head injuries are serious, or could be serious long term, especially when our child gets up and keeps going.

The short answer to that is: Yes.

Traumatic brain injury during the first 3 years of life is completely different when compared with adults. Children are not young adults. The scalp in children is highly vascularized [developing many blood vessels]. Even a small loss of blood volume can lead to hemorrhagic shock in a newborn, infant, and toddler, which may occur without apparent external bleeding.

Childhood brain injuries, including concussions, are associated with an increased risk of subsequent mental illness, poor school attainment and premature death, according to a new study.

People who had experienced a single mild, moderate or severe brain injury during childhood were at twice the risk of being admitted to hospital as a mental health inpatient and were 50% more likely to use a mental health service than unaffected people in the same age group.

Many studies indicate far-reaching and long-term consequences of child head injury.  And thus reinforces what we knew already — that prevention is key. It is easier to prevent head injury than to cure or recover from head injury.

The challenge is to protect the toddler’s head in a  comfortable and effective manner that  addresses the unique and critical head safety needs of small children.  Protective Headgear for small children must be very comfortable, very lightweight, custom-fitting so it does not slide around, have full head coverage and of course, been proven safety effective in absorbing impact energy from a bump or fall.

Those crucial criteria are found in  Plum Enterprises’s ProtectaCap®, the protective headgear specifically engineered and designed to meet the critical head safety needs of babies, toddlers and small children.  More information can be found on ProtectaCap.com.

 

Plum® Keeps Seniors Safe with Fall Protection ProtectaCap® and ProtectaCap+Plus® Helmets Misconceptions About Head Injuries In Adults” is locked Common Misconceptions About Head Injuries In Adults

Every year, upwards of 1.4 million Americans experience a brain injury, as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Head injuries in adults can be caused by anything from a crash to a fall in the shower. In consideration of the fact that some brain injuries in adults can be hard to notice, especially those that are purported as “mild” wounds, they are regularly misdiagnosed or neglected. 

People often used words like “head trauma,” “head injury,” “brain injury,” and “traumatic brain injury” and even allude to some injuries to the head as a bump or a blow. Brain injuries in adults can vary from mild to severe, and the symptoms can be indistinct. In agreement with Vani Rao, MD, Director, Brain Injury Program, and Neuropsychiatrist, “There is no such thing as a mild head injury. It’s a misnomer.” The truth is, you don’t need to involved in a serious accident to endure a brain damage. Some frequent reasons of brain injuries in adults include falls, car crashes, workplace accidents, assaults, other violent attacks, contact sports like football, and non-contact sports or activities such as biking. 

Individuals who suffer serious head injuries often endure other traumatic injuries, which makes the rehabilitation of traumatic brain injuries an intricate process and the interception of hypoxia difficult. It is also common for individuals suffering from a brain injury to encounter periods of unconsciousness after a head injury or an accident. In other cases, exceptionally serious brain injuries can happen without the loss of awareness.

When worn properly, protective helmets can be effective in preventing brain injuries while protecting one’s head from hard surfaces, collisions with other players, and falls.

In line with the Alzheimer’s Association findings, “falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury for all ages, and falling poses an especially serious risk for older adults.” Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. And sometimes falls even without a major injury, especially in older adults, can also cause them to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active. As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Fall-related injuries are epidemic A head injury or hip fracture can change a life in a matter of seconds.  Head injuries are one of the most common causes of disability and death in adults.  Every 15 seconds a traumatic brain injury occurs. Every 18 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency department for a fall. Every 35 minutes, one of these adults dies as a result of his or her injuries.” 

Protective helmets and other protective headgear diminish the possibility of a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI) after a crash by safeguarding the head on impact, as well as reduce the chance of damages that could be inflicted as a result of the collision. Plum’s®  custom-fitting ProtectaCap® and ProtectaCap+Plus® absorb and dissipate impact energy during the fall. The protection reduces the momentum of the impact of the fall to the head. Plum’s protective headgear custom-fit virtually all head shapes and sizes

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