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Risk from Fashion Hair Acessories

Posted Jan 22 2009 4:32pm 1 Comment
So who wasn't totally stunned and moved by the inauguration. Wow!

So I'm a little behind on the posts.

Anyway, I never thought of this, but it's pretty thought provoking, especially if you have a little girl:

Newswise —

Blunt head trauma is commonly encountered by pediatric neurosurgeons and emergency physicians. Every year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission provides head injury statistics for patients treated at U.S. hospital emergency rooms. More than 550 product codes were included in the 2007 Product Summary Report. In 2007, an estimated 1.1 million people were treated for head injuries related to common products found inside the home. Beds are among the top five products that contribute to head injuries, with an estimated 106,513 injuries in 2007, 63,269 of which were in children age 14 and younger. Common household products that can actually penetrate the head include wires, plugs, nails, kitchen utensils, writing instruments, hair accessories, scissors, and toys, among others.

“Children younger than age 2 are at particularly high risk for neurological injury because the skull is not fully ossified and small forces may lead to penetration of the skull and dura,” stated Dr. Anderson. The complications of these injuries can be severe, including skull fracture, subdural and epidural hematoma, pneumocephalus, cerebral hemorrhage, infection, seizure, focal neurological deficits, and vascular complications.

“Hair beads are radiolucent and thus are difficult to differentiate on radiologic scans from the adjacent soft tissue — the air-filled hollow core may be mistaken for benign air that became entrapped at the time of injury. Fashion hair accessories present a hidden and often overlooked health risk in children who have suffered blunt head trauma, significant enough to cause skull fractures and complicate diagnosis and treatment,” remarked Dr. Anderson.

Injury from blunt trauma by common household objects carries the potential for significant morbidity and mortality. “The absence of an obvious foreign body on physical examination in one of these two cases, demonstrates the importance of considering fashion hair accessories in the differential diagnosis when children present with head injury following blunt trauma,” concluded Dr. Anderson.
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Please go to our familys web site

Our daughters skull fracture and was a direct result of her ponytail holder. You daughter looks active and she would help our family advocate to others. Please help keep the Light of Joy Shining on awareness on Brain Injuries.

Mya Joy was 5 when the accident occured April 2010. Mya was watching her sister play tennis. It was time to leave and she went to kick a ball (walking to the ball) but slipped (maybe on sand) it was a very soft fall more on her back then her head from watching it (only 2 feet away). Mya never cried and got right back up and started to try to play with the ball. Walking home we saw a 2cm cut on the back of her head. The first doctor said she was fine and only needed 1 or 2 stitches however when my daughter saw the neddle she freak out and the doctor felt she was too difficult and sent us to another doctor more use to working with younger kids. However that save my daughters life.

After being airlifted to the Doctor informed our family that Hair Accessories have cause so many skull fractures. He informed us that it was the 5th contributing factor in causing TBI in girls under 14 years old. I have to admit that I thought it was a freak accident however then I found a girl same age hurt by the same Hello Kitty Ponytail Holder only weeks before Mya's accident. Then I had 69 families contact me stating they have a daughter hurt from different types of Hair Accessories. I started asking more questions and I have found 1000's of girls hurt in just a few years. Mya Joy is still on going for TBI so my foccus is her medical care right now but I am trying to get our story out and inform as many parents as I can.

If you daughter is being active you need to protect her. You can never prevent a accident but Myas accident should have been prevented. When Mya Joy fell she had 2 different types of ponytails in her hair. 1 (soft type) caused NO DAMAGE TO HER LEFT SIDE (CT SCAN showed no bruise on the brain/no bleeding anyplace on that side) however the Right side caused a skull fracture (HELLO KITTY CUBE SHAPE PONYTAIL HOLDER). I was advised by the Doctor that the cube acted as a knife and the solid plasic acted as a rock. I did my daughters hair that day and placed something that is made for a little girls head that acted as a knife and a rock. I too could have prevented my daughters accident. I will fight to prevent another little girls head injury from something that is so not worth having in her head and feel not at any time but it is even more important to dress your daughter for playtime. Do you put a bike helmet on when she rides a bike? It is the same thing! When she goes to school you should not tie a rock to her head or a knife because kids fall all the time but the chances are higher during play or at school.

Go to our web site and look at the other pages. I know that I have allot of work to do but please let me know your thoughts and how to improve my message.
Myths and Facts
We started the page “Myths and Facts†because of all the incorrect story's or misunderstandings about our daughters accident and incorrect belief’s about brain injuries. A Myth is a incorrect statement.

Myth.... Mya Joy's Fall was bad. Mya Joy was high off the ground.
Fact....Mya Joy's fall was minor. Mya was watching her sister play tennis. Our family was leaving the courts when Mya went to kick a ball and slipped backwards. The courts are across the street from the beach she could have slipped from sand. The fall was from her feet. It appeared she landed more on her back and not the head. Mya got up and started playing again. Mya never cried.

Myth....The fall caused Mya's injury.
Fact....Mya had Ponytails in her Hair. The ponytails were on the BACK of her head (not pigtails). Mya had 2 different types of Hair Accessory's in her hair. 1 Ponytail holder caused NO DAMAGE, no bruise, no internal bleeding, no skull fracture. However the Hello Kitty cube shape ponytail holder caused a 2 cm skull fracture resulting in the operation.
Myth.....Mya Joy's Ponytail holder was in beaded into her Head.
Fact.....When Mya Joy accident happened the holder was NOT INBEADED. The only sign that we could see was a small 2 cm cut on the back of her head close to the Hello Kitty Cube shape holder.

Myth.... Any ponytail holder could have caused damage to Mya Joy's head.
Fact.... Mya Joy had 2 ponytails on the back of the head (2 different ponytail holders). 1 hair accessory caused NO DAMAGE to her skull, NO DAMAGE to her brain, not even a bruise. However the CUBE SHAPE PONYTAIL HOLDER CAUSED THE 2 CM SKULL FRACTURE. I questioned if the corners made the injury worst however after reading the stories of other girls that have skull fractures from the round hair beads too. It was a matter of having a HARD OBJECT in her hair when she fell.
Myth.... Mya Joy's accident was freak, 1 in a million type of accident.
Fact.....Too many daughters have been hurt from hair accessories. Our daughter is not the only little girl. Our daughter could have a long term Brain Injury from a ponytail holder.
Myth.....All brain injuries are the same.
Fact.....Each brain injury is different... No two brain injuries are alike. A brain injury is not like any other injury or disease. The brain is very complex. Recovery from a brain injury depends on what areas of the brain are injured and how severely. Damage is also caused by swelling and bruising of the brain, shearing and tearing of nerve fibers, reduced supply of oxygen, death of brain cells, and blood clots.
Myth.....Physical recovery is a sign that the brain has healed.
Fact......Cognitive recovery is different than physical recovery. Cognition is a term experts use to describe the "thinking" skills or abilities like reasoning, memory, and attention. Changes in learning, memory and behavior are the most common long-term effects of brain injuries among youth. It is harder for people to understand that a child who looks "okay" physical may still have a disability. Recovery of physical abilities like walking and speaking does not mean that the brain has healed. Broken bones and cuts heal with the growth of new skin and bone, but the brain does not grow new neuron or brain cells.

Myth....You can see a brain injury.
Fact.... Mya's Brain Injury is not visibly. A brain injury is not something you can see. It is not like you have a broken leg and a cast. When our daughter was in the hospital and her head was wrapped up and you could see her staples in her head you could understand what our family was and is going through. Now some have a hard time understanding what our family is going through.
Myth... A brain injury heals with time.
Fact.... It takes longer for all the effects of a brain injury to show up in children. The brain of a child still is developing through adolescence. All the effects of a brain injury may not be known right away. Children are more active, school work becomes more complex, and responsibilities increase over time. The brain of a growing child is steadily challenged to do more complex thinking, communication and learning. Over time, new difficulties may appear that are directly related to the brain injury. It is harder for people to connect an earlier brain injury with later difficulties with behavior and learning. For the child who has a brain injury, time reveals instead of heals.
Myth....Younger children recovery better than older children.
Fact....The younger the child is when injured, the less developed is the brain. It takes longer to see the effects of a brain injury in a young child because they are still developing basic skills like language, arithmetic, reading, and writing. They are still learning basic social skills and rely on adults for supervision and guidance. Younger children are at greater risk for difficulties in the future because early brain development has been interrupted. They also have less life experience and skills to help them adjust to changes caused by an injury.
Myth...A mild brain injury has no consequences.
Fact..... Even a mild brain injury can affect brain functioning. Children who have mild brain injuries do not lose consciousness or do very briefly, they may be confused, but are still alert. Many are examined and released from the emergency department or treated in the doctor's office. Even when a neurological examination is normal, a mild brain injury can cause changes in learning and behavior that show up later at home or in school.

Thank you for Keeping the Light of Joy Shining on Brain Injuries......

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