Traumatic brain injuries are heart-breaking when the personal injury victim is a child. The child struggles with a new way of life. Their loved ones watch, worry and wonder what they can do to help.

Returning to normal is important to you and your family. No single plan will fit your child. Every case is unique. But you can make a difference in your child’s recovery.

How your child’s life changes

A traumatic brain injury impacts all relationships for your child. They begin with relatives, whose own emotions can add stress to relationships. Young friends may not know how to react to your child’s new condition. Take the time to discuss the situation with family and friends in a positive manner.

Returning to school is a major goal. Ease the transition with a gradual introduction to classes and other activities. Develop a program, including special classes and tutors, that meets their new needs.

Leisure is important, too. Encourage safe, fun activities that allow your child to enjoy their free time.

Your child will have to adjust to restrictions. Contact sports, for example, may no longer be appropriate. Track your child’s physical recovery and motor skills.

How your family’s life changes

Everyone in your household is a caregiver for the injured child. Make no mistake: This is an overwhelming task. Some tips for handling the stress:

  • Let everyone know they should ask for help when they need it.
  • Know everyone’s limits. Keep the pace healthy.
  • Treat yourself with a little something each day.
  • Take breaks.
  • Lean on family and friends for support.
  • Keep an eye on your own health.
  • Set aside quiet time for yourself.
  • Seek a formal support group.
  • Keep your sense of humor.

How you can cope with changes

Your love and care can make a difference. You and your family can only do so much, though.

Your child needs outside support, too, for their care and their future. In the wake of a personal injury accident, you and your child have rights.