Could Head Injuries in Children be Linked to Long Term Attention Disorders?

daA new study suggests that kids who suffer head trauma are more likely to develop attention disorders during early stages of development.

The study looked at two groups of children between ages six and thirteen. One group of children had suffered head trauma and lost consciousness for longer than 30 minutes. The other group of children hadn’t suffered any head trauma.

Several of months later, teachers and parents rated each child’s attention span. It was evident that children who faced head trauma had difficulty paying attention and had delayed processing speed.

Researchers believe that attention disorder-like effects may or may not arise right after trauma but advise parents to report head trauma immediately. The study at hand adds to mounting evidence of a link between head trauma and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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