Every parent should know what to do in case their child suffers a concussion. Concussions occur frequently in high-impact sports like football, but any child can get one. They don’t have to be daredevils or athletes to suffer serious injuries—and if it happens, it behooves you to know what to do. Here’s how to take care of your child when they suffer a blow to the head.
What Are Concussions?
Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). It’s a mild form, but they can have serious side effects. Memory loss, severe headaches, seizures, sleep problems and blacking out are all possible. Early intervention with a medical provider can get them back on the road to recovery.
Concussions occur when the head is jolted. The brain and spinal fluid may move around inside the skull, which can alter the signals sent between nerves. Concussions can occur from sports, falls, fights and car accidents, for example.
What to Do if Your Child Has a Concussion
If your child suffers a head injury, you should take him or her to their doctor right away. They’ll talk to you about how the injury occurred and what symptoms your child is experiencing. Doctors usually test memory, concentration and coordination to determine whether your child has a concussion.
Note that if your child is vomiting repeatedly, passed out during the accident or has a severe headache, your doctor may order an MRI or CAT scan. Concussions don’t show up on these scans, but more serious brain injuries will. Watch for these symptoms and make sure the medical providers know if they occur. Intervening early can save your child from a more serious condition.
Recovering From a Concussion
The best way to heal from a concussion is to get plenty of rest. Most concussions heal within a few weeks to a month. Have your child get plenty of sleep, and limit their screen time. They should avoid all roughhousing, driving, and other potentially dangerous situations during the recovery period. Your child can engage in some light activity as his or her symptoms permit, but it’s best to keep them as relaxed as possible. Once the symptoms have passed, your child is ready to return to school and normal daily activities—but you should talk to your doctor before letting them engage in sports. Make sure they’re cleared to play before they get back out on the field.
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