Published on March 17, 2014
How to prevent brain injuries Tips & Suggestions To Protect You.
While Driving • Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle. • Always buckle your child into a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt (according to the child's height, weight, and age) in the car. • Never drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
While riding a Bike, Motorcycle, or other recreational vehicle • Riding a bike, motorcycle, snowmobile, or all- terrain vehicle; • Playing a contact sport, such as football, ice hockey, or boxing; • Using in-line skates or riding a skateboard; • Batting and running bases in baseball or softball; • Riding a horse; or • Skiing or snowboarding.
Avoid falls in the home by • Using a step stool with a grab bar to reach objects on high shelves; • Installing handrails on stairways; • Installing window guards to keep young children from falling out of open windows; • Using safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are around; • Removing tripping hazards such as small area rugs and loose electrical cords; • Using non-slip mats in the bathtub and on shower floors; • Putting grab bars next to the toilet and in the tub or shower; • Maintaining a regular exercise program to improve strength, balance, and coordination; and Seeing an eye doctor regularly for a vision check to help lower the risk of falling.
Symptoms of a brain injury • Headaches or neck pain that won’t go away • Trouble with such mental tasks as remembering, concentrating, or decision-making • Slow thinking, speaking, acting, or reading • Getting lost or easily confused • Feeling tired all the time, having no energy or motivation • Mood changes (feeling sad or angry for no reason) • Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping a lot more or having a hard time sleeping) • Feeling light-headed or dizzy, or losing balance • An urge to vomit (nausea) • Increased sensitivity to lights, sounds, or distractions • Blurred vision or eyes that tire easily • Loss of sense of smell or taste • Ringing in the ears
Don’t take TBI lightly • Any brain injury can be a serious matter and can have life-long consequences. Detection early can lead to early treatment and therapy, providing a person the best rate for success.
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