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17 October 2018

Behavioural problems and concussion in preschoolers

This study examined the adverse consequences of concussions on young children by evaluating the presence of behavioural problems in more than 200 children, six months after they had suffered a head trauma. The results showed that mothers of children who have suffered a concussion reported more behavioural problems, both internalised and externalised, than mothers whose children had not been injured or had sustained a non-head injury. So a head injury, even a “mild” one, can lead to brain injuries that make the child more susceptible to suffering from anxiety and anger. There was also a strong correlation between children presenting more behavioural problems and parents who describe themselves as being more stressed.