Falls, motor vehicle crashes, and sports injuries are the leading causes of traumatic brain injury in Iowa.  More than 17,000 Iowans receive medical attention for a brain injury each year.

Brain injuries are not always visible to others and over 95,000 Iowans live with long-term disability from brain injury. Seek medical attention if you or someone you know receives a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body and have the following signs:

ADULTS:

  • slurred speech
  • repeated vomiting or nausea
  • persistent or worsening headaches
  • numbness, weakness or decreased coordination

CHILDREN:

  • excessive crying
  • slurred speech
  • repeated vomiting or nausea
  • numbness, weakness or decreased coordination
  • unable to eat

For more information and resources visit:http://idph.iowa.gov/brain-injuries