AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 1, 2017

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Concussion can Alter Parent-child Relationships

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Parents should watch for emotional and behavioral changes in their children

Did you know that the incidence of concussion is quite high during the preschool years (0 to five years old)? Around 2 percent of children that fall into this age bracket will experience a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). These mTBIS can have adverse effects on the child, such as slowing the development of new abilities and certain communication skills. “The young brain is particularly vulnerable to injury because the skull is still thin and malleable. In the months following the injury, one of the first visible signs of social difficulties in young children is a decline in their relationship with their parents,” said Miriam Beauchamp, a researcher at Sainte-Justine, professor of psychology at the University of Montreal and senior author of the study. To read more, click here

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