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Brain injury in children ‘hidden’

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SCHOOL nurses need to be more alert to the symptoms of ‘hidden’ brain damage in children, a charity has warned.

SCHOOL nurses need to be more alert to the symptoms of ‘hidden’ brain damage in children, a charity has warned.

The Children’s Trust is calling for more awareness of acquired brain injury, which can be caused by injuries sustained in a fall, or from choking, meningitis or a brain tumour.

It warns that children with ABI look and behave normally until they are under pressure or in an unfamiliar situation, for example when starting secondary school.

Fiona Adcock, head of the trust’s community support team, said: ‘They can become isolated, fall behind and may end up being excluded. It’s vital that children with ABI are diagnosed and helped to reach their full potential.’

NICE estimates that around 5,000 children in England a year receive injuries that could leave them with a hidden disability.

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