A cool dinosaur bandage and some kisses can help with some childhood injuries. But, there are a few types of injuries that can have lasting effects on your child’s brain development, the kind that you hope never happens to your child.
A TikTok video of a neurologist mama is becoming viral because she lists all the things she wouldn’t let her children do. Some of these might surprise you.
The video’s creator, @zenfuldoctor, starts with, “There are four things I would never let my kids do as a neurologist and neuroscientist because they can kill a lot of brain cells or just straight up kill you.”
“Number one play American football. You can get a lot of concussions, head injuries and this can lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy.”
If there’s one thing I remember from high school, it’s that I couldn’t attend school football games because of the cringe factor. I was not able to stand watching the players smash into each other and sometimes fall to the ground while they waited for paramedics. Although youth sports can be dangerous, and injuries are common in any sport, this was one sport I would not allow my kids to participate in.
“Number two ride ATVs. Again, it’s a hard no,” she says.
“Number three have a trampoline or jump on trampolines outside. Fall off hit their head on the ground, again you can get concussions and head based injuries.”
And, lastly she adds, “Number four shoot a gun. There’s just no need. Again, it can just straight up kill you.”
While this isn’t exactly a parenting advice video, it’s more just an explainer of what this particular mom, based on her job experience, wouldn’t want her kids doing, it might a little eye-opening.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a recent study, published in Pediatric Emergency Care, found that there were more than 800,000 child injuries “sustained from trampolines” between 2009 and 2018 in the US. Additionally, the majority of those injuries were sustained by children under 16 years.
When it comes to gun-related deaths, it’s not just mass shootings like the elementary school tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. NPR reports that guns are the leading cause for death among youth in the US. This includes the sad statistic that a rising number of adolescents commit suicide by gun.
This video has been shared thousands upon thousands of times and received a lot of attention. These rules are also reflected in the comments.
“Having a son who survived gun violence and was on the brain injury floor – almost every guy there was injured by an ATV. If people could only see. 🥺”
“The most major broken bone I ever had was when I fell off my trampoline as a kid. My elbow was broken in half and I had to have screws. Awful 😞”
“now i understand why the kids from my neighborhood who had a neurosurgeon for a dad weren’t allowed on our trampoline lol.”