Children’s brain injuries don’t get worse over time

Children’s development after a brain injury does not get worse over time.

Contrary to a long-held clinical view that a child’s development after a traumatic brain injury gets worse over time, a study has found that after an extended recovery period, children gradually stabilised and begin to make developmental gains, regardless of injury severity.

The study showed that severe injury was associated with the poorest outcomes, but after three years, the gap between children with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their peers stabilised.

Researchers examined the social and behavioural skills of 53 children 10 years after experiencing a TBI.

Read more at Murdoch Children's Research Institute