Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Head Injuries, Head Trauma, How to Prevent Injuries

A  grandparent's worst nightmare is getting a call asking you to come and stay with your grandchildren while another one of them is being transported to the local Children's Hospital.

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This Review is all about Safety!  Head Safety to be precise.  Products that will help to ensure your children are able to stay safe while still having fun!  What prompts this review is a really upsetting event that happened in my life just this past week.  One minute everything is fine and even wonderful and the next minute, disaster strikes.  This is my granddaughter after her horse threw her!  Black out and concussion and brain bleeds.  It was not a pretty picture!  But I assure you that she will be alright because she was protecting that most important part of her body, her brain!


Helmets are a necessity for many sports that our children partake in.  You wouldn't think of sending your child to play hockey without a proper helmet in place.  BMX biking, motocross, general cycling, skateboarding, skiing, horseback riding, and so many more sports should never be undertaken without proper Head Gear!  Many organized sports will not let you join without the proper attire, and that includes protecting the most important part of your body, your brain. 

Years of studying brain injuries has led many doctors, scientists and just the general public to understand the necessity of protecting your head.  Football, hockey, wrestling and other sports have had their share of injuries, but head injuries were one of the most overlooked in past years.  Think about how all those blows to the head affected Mohammed Ali.  Now we are starting to understand the impact that these injuries can have on just about anyone.  Concussions are the most common injuries and most of us don't understand exactly what happens when our brains get bruised.  

When a child's brain gets bruised, you need to know what to do and to do that quickly.  Here are some guidelines that will help you understand the nature of a head injury and it's immediate results.

It is so important to know that if your child loses consciousness, an ambulance should be called.  There is NO room here for second guesses.  You cannot see what is going on in their heads.   Better to be safe than sorry!  An x-ray will tell if there is immediate need for more intervention.

If your children are active (and I truly hope they are) then you need to learn how to fit helmets properly for every activity your child is involved with.  Bike helmets and other sports helmets are not interchangeable.  Be specific with your helmet purchase!  FYI here is a link for your to find how to properly fit a bike helmet!  I've included this because this is one thing that children and adults can do together and it's a popular activity for the whole family.  Even if your child is on a training bike, they still need a helmet!  Check here for fitting instructions!  I've chosen to show you this helmet, because it has the added feature of a light at the back for evening rides.  It pays to be seen while riding. 



Every sport has a special helmet, they are not all interchangeable!  Baseball, football, hockey, and horseback riding each helmet has a specified job to do and so the requirements for protection are different.  Do not buy a helmet second hand!  Once a helmet has been banged around it needs to be replaced.  Remember that your brain needs proper protection.

I'm hoping that with writing about my experience with my grandchild, I will make you stop and think about your own children and grandchildren.  Nothing is more important than their safety especially when at play. 

**At this time, my granddaughter has been released from hospital and with an extended period of rest, she should be back to her normal active self.  TG!   Her parent's are aware of the use of her picture.  They would like everyone with children to know how important it is to protect your children even when they are at play. 

  









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12 comments:

  1. So glad your granddaughter was wearing a helmet and she is improving well.

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    1. Thank you Martha, it was a hard fall and one that could have been so much worse. Her helmet is toast now and Daddy already has a new one on order. In three months time we will know if she is fully recovered.

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  2. So frightening! Excellent reminder for 1. Helmets 2. That helmets are specific to the activity and 3. need to be fitted properly to be effective. Hoping for a speedy recovery!

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    1. Frightening is the word. I really don't want another parent or grandparent to go through the worry that plagued us during this last week. Helmets are a necessity for any sport that could land you on your head. Thank you for your kind words.

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  3. So thankful your granddaughter is on the mend and will recover from this incredibly scary accident. Helmets are so critical (and supervised activity). I was thrown head first from a bicycle at a high rate of speed when I was nine years old. Having been unconscious for a period of time, I was immediately taken for medical care. Back then, we didn't have bike helmets. Like your granddaughter, I am very fortunate to have mended with time and the proper care. Thank you for writing about this extremely important subject. We cannot be reminded too often to take good care of our brains. I hope your granddaughter won't be fearful when she gets back up in the saddle.

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    1. You know it all too well. When you have had this kind of accident yourself, there is a whole new understanding for someone else in that position. Helmets are a necessity not just a suggestion for many sports and if you love yourself just a little bit, you will make sure that you have a good fitting helmet and that your children do as well. She is looking forward to getting back to the ranch, but it will be 3 months before that will happen.

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  4. I am so glad your granddaughter is home and will fully recover! Joining you in thanking God for protecting her. Helmets are an absolute must! I know (because I have heard the complaints, and not just from children) that helmets get hot, can take away from the feel of freedom, or may not look attractive. However, they do save lives.

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    1. Children complain but if you love them, you will make sure that the helmet is in place regardless of their protests. We are so thankful that this accident was "minor" in comparison to what could have happened. God and the angels where watching over her for sure.

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  5. Thankfully, your granddaughter is doing well and that she had on a helmet to provide protection. Your information in this article will be invaluable to parents everywhere.

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  6. My hope is that many parents will read this article and take it to heart. I don't want another child to go through this type of accident without some protection for their brains. While she is getting better it will still be three months of quiet activities and I fear she will become so bored. She is an active young lady and staying quiet for 3 months feels like a jail sentence to her.

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  7. Am so relieved she's ok! What a scary thing to go through. Been through this a few times with my boys in hockey and it's not fun. So much to worry about. Glad all the right precautions were taken with your grand-daughter. Even biking now, my fave thing to do, both my hubby and I wear helmets. No brain, no life, so yah, helmets everyone please!

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    1. I can only say I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments. Helmets protect that one organ in the body that controls all the others.....so IMPOORTANT to protect that brain. Thank you my Granddaughter is making a good recovery.....

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