A concussion comes from a head injury that jars the brain, causing slight head trauma and a headache. This can be a serious injury, or the child might recover in a day or so. Regardless of the severity, your child’s concussion is considered a traumatic brain injury and can be serious. Children and adolescents at school are among those with the greatest risk for a concussion. This is because these brain injuries can result from a fall or when a student’s head comes in contact with hard objects.
Playgrounds are full of places that kids may hit their heads or fall. Because of this, concussions most often happen at recess or PE. When a child gets a concussion, it can stall or damage their brain development and needs to be addressed quickly. You will want to assess the situation right away. Check to see if your child’s eyes respond to light regularly, and make sure that you are monitoring that child. Next, be alert for any of the following signs and symptoms:
- Headache that gets worse and does not go away.
- Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination.
- Repeated vomiting or nausea.
- Slurred speech.
- Look very drowsy or cannot be awakened.
- Have one pupil (the black part in the middle of the eye) larger than the other.
- Have convulsions or seizures.
- Cannot recognize people or places.
- Are getting more and more confused, restless, or agitated.
- Have unusual behavior.
- Lose consciousness (a brief loss of consciousness should be taken seriously and the person should be carefully monitored).
If it seems like there is a concern, contact a health care professional. All school personnel should be briefed on the ABC’s of concussion response, and should follow them whenever necessary. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that children and teens are not only more likely to get a concussion, but take longer to recover from one than an adult does.
If your child has a concussion follow these tips from the CDC to help ensure quick healing time:
- Having the child get plenty of rest. Keep a regular sleep schedule, including no late nights and no sleepovers.
- Making sure the child avoids high-risk/ high-speed activities such as riding a bicycle, playing sports, or climbing playground equipment, roller coasters or rides that could result in another bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body. Children should not return to these types of activities until their health care professional says they are well enough.
- Giving the child only those drugs that are approved by the pediatrician or family physician.
- Talking with their health care professional about when the child should return to school and other activities and how the parent or caregiver can help the child deal with the challenges that the child may face. For example, your child may need to spend fewer hours at school, rest often, or require more time to take tests.
- Sharing information about concussion with parents, siblings, teachers, counselors, babysitters, coaches, and others who interact with the child helps them understand what has happened and how to meet the child’s needs.
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