Your brain is a valuable thing. Just try driving a car or reading a book without it. It can’t be done! All joking aside, even mild concussions can cause long-term problems, so you should do everything you can to prevent yourself and your loved ones from receiving brain injuries. The advice in this article will help keep you safe.
Automobile accidents can cause serious trauma or even death. Flying into your windshield is a surefire way to damage your brain. The very simple step of using your seat belt while in an automobile can prevent this disastrous event. Also be careful to use the right kind of car seat for children and make sure that young children are situated in the back seat. It goes without saying, but never drive your car when intoxicated. That is a brain injury waiting to happen, if not something worse.
When engaging in any activity that has the potential for causing you to fall to the ground, wear a helmet to protect your head. Examples include riding a bicycle, skate boarding, and horseback riding. Many organized sports such as baseball or football also call for wearing protective headgear. It is especially important for children, but highly recommended for adults as well.
Lest you think you are safe from brain injury once you get in your home, think again. Falling while going up or down stairs can cause trauma to the head, so hold onto rails to help maintain your balance. Bath tubs can also be quite dangerous. Using a non-slip mat or appliques in your tub will help prevent slips. Among senior citizens, traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are common occurrences which are typically caused by falling down. If you provide care for a senior citizen, it is especially important to use safeguards around your home to prevent falls.
Make the areas where your children play outside your home as injury-proof as possible. For example, use sand or mulch in areas where there is a likelihood of their falling down, such as around a swing set. And avoid leaving young children unattended.
If you do have an accident involving a hard hit to the head, be very cognizant of headaches or other indications of possible brain injury. If you feel there is a possibility you have done something more damaging than a knot on the head, call your doctor immediately. Other possible symptoms to be aware of include ringing in the ears, loss of taste or smell, poor balance, fatigue, excessive sleeping, or being slow to act or respond to others in general. More serious symptoms include slurred speech, vomiting, and convulsions.
Brain injuries can cause serious long-term health problems for children, adults and elders. The key to preventing them is to be aware and take specific steps to be safe. While a brain injury can still be suffered no matter how careful you are, it makes sense to minimize your risk by following the advice in this article.