Falls Leading Cause of Serious Head Trauma for Kids


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A new study of more than 43,000 children finds that falls are the most common cause of head injuries among younger kids.

For children under the age of 2, falls accounted for 77 percent of head injuries. For kids aged 2 to 12, falls caused 38 percent of head injuries, the researchers said.

Many of these serious brain injuries result from car and bicycle accidents, said lead researcher Dr. Nathan Kuppermann, a professor in the departments of emergency medicine and pediatrics at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine.

“Bike helmets and seatbelts can save your kid’s brain,” he said.

Among kids who suffered a head injury in a car accident, fewer than half were wearing a seatbelt. Children injured in bicycle accidents were wearing helmets less than 20 percent of the time, Kuppermann said.

Among teens aged 13 to 17, head injuries were most often caused by assaults, sports and car crashes, the researchers added.

The study did not include concussions, which are injuries that jostle the brain, but rather injuries that cause bleeding in the brain, he said.

“The study gives a picture of how children suffer serious head injuries, and how often they get CT scans and how often they undergo brain surgery,” Kuppermann said.

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