The brain makes us who we are. It allows us participate fully in the lives we are given. By necessity, the brain is a delicate organ and must be protected inside a hard, right structure — the skull. Unfortunately, the more we expose the head, skull and brain to blows from falls and contact sports, the greater the likelihood that we will suffer damage that changes who we are and what we are capable of…sometimes, permanently. Helmets help reduce the force with which the brain impacts the inside of the skull and dramatically reduce the risk of brain damage. A helmet goes a long way in protecting from a broken skull. Falls are inescapable and regardless of where they occur, if the head is not protected there is significant risk for concussion, traumatic brain injury (TBI) and long-term cognitive and neurological damage.
This all may seem obvious. Nevertheless, nearly 40 percent of parents do not require their children to wear safety helmets when biking, skateboarding, or riding scooters according to a recent survey by SafeKids Worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control, each year more than 626,000 children and young adults between the ages of 0-19 years suffer a TBI; 62,000 require hospitalization. Among children 0-14 years, 3,000 die.
Although falls are inevitable and most head injuries are avoidable, when they do happen it is critical that a child be evaluated for possible concussion. Even initially mild symptoms can persist and lead to long-term consequences including cognitive impairment, neurological deficit and personality changes.
“Watchful waiting,” is a totally inadequate response to head injury. What is needed is to stop the cascade of damage triggered by a concussion, rescue damaged tissues, and recover normal function. The brain may not be able to heal itself.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a standard of care in healing chronic wounds. Brain damage is a chronic wound — just one that you cannot see. Even CAT scans and MRIs cannot make images of biochemical disruption and neurological malfunction. There is overwhelming clinical evidence that HBOT can reverse these damaging processes and stimulate healing at many levels. The evidence is compelling. The Israeli Defense Forces have made HBOT the standard of care for all head injuries.
1. Insist that your children protect their brains by wearing bicycle helmets.
2. Get Immediate attention if you have any suspicion that a child has suffered a head injury.
3. Insist that HBOT be used to stop the damage, reverse symptoms and drive recovery.
Important link: Safe Kids Worldwide
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