Do child brain injuries cause ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder)?

Although recent research indicates a link between pediatric brain injury and ADHD, the answer is no.  However, the relationship between early head injury in a children and resulting ADHD diagnoses is an interesting one. According to the Organized Wisdom website, young children who suffer brain injuries and head injuries are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) when they reach ages 2 through 10 than children who do not suffer head injuries.  The research indicates, however, that the relationship between child brain injury and ADHD is NOT necessarily that of cause and effect.  Instead, the “common denominator" is in behavior, specifically risk-taking.

Researchers found that children engaging in risk-taking behavior are more prone to serious injury and developing attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder than children with more moderate behavior.  It is already known to experts that ADHD children are more accident-prone than those without the condition.

How do we know that the link is not a cause-and-effect relationship?  To find out, click here.

Narrowing his practice to representing children and only children has enabled pediatric brain injury lawyer Chris Keane to work with the best experts in the field of child brain injuries, and he will be glad to provide you with free resources, information, or answers to questions regarding brain injuries, ADHD, or your specific situation.

If you would like to consult with Chris Keane, contact the Keane Law Firm online or call 1-888-592-KIDS (1-888-592-5437).

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