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Traumatic Brain Injury May Lead to Higher Risk of ADHD

Brain Injury

One study now suggests that "young children who are hospitalized with head injuries may be at higher than average risk for developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later on."

In fact, the study found up to about one in five kids with a TBI develops ADHD, roughly twice the diagnosis rate among typically developing school-age children.

“Children with a history of traumatic brain injury, even those with less severe injuries, have an increased risk for the development of new-onset attention problems, potentially many years after injury,” said lead study author Megan Narad of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio.

Jack Tsao, a researcher at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, was quoted on psychcongress.com as stating, “Parents and the children's physicians or other medical professions and teachers need to be aware of this and look for signs even many years after recovery may appear to be complete,” Tsao said.

While it’s not known exactly what causes ADHD to emerge, parents can provide children support after brain injuries that may help minimize the risk, Tsao added.

It might be wise to limit your child's participation in contact sports in light of what is now known about concussions and contact sports. Wearing head protection, limiting head contact, or playing sports that don't require head contact may help prevent future problems.

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