If you get a phone call from your child’s school saying that your child may have a head injury or concussion, you are probably trying to figure out quickly what your next steps are. Children are among the most vulnerable to concussion because of weak necks, immature musculature and brains that are still developing and Medical research in recent years has shown that when children and teens who suffer a concussion do not get adequate treatment and recovery time there can be long term consequences.
Concussion treatment today involves mental and physical rest and a slow and cautious return in order to provide the best concussion recovery.
A concussion therefore, is a form of brain injury. They can be caused by a blow to the head, or a serious shaking which rattles the brain inside the skull. If your child or teen has received a hard blow to the head or is demonstrating any of the symptoms, get them checked out by a doctor right away. It is necessary to re-emphasise that since concussions are a type of brain injury, not properly treating a concussion in children does have serious long-term negative potential possibilities.
However, do not expect a straightforward recovery because the developing or growing brains of children and teens calls for a slow concussion recovery. The recovery requires a significant time of mental and physical rest often the only way to know how much your child can handle is seeing when they experience a return or increase in concussion symptoms, making it very easy for your child to push a little too far.
Once they experience a return or increase in symptoms, they usually have to cut back again on their activity level. This leads to a two steps forward, one step back zigzag recovery.
If the doctor finds that your child does indeed have a concussion, it is important that you follow through with the doctor’s plan for your child to recover. You will want to work with your child’s school and extracurricular activities to make sure your child takes the time needed to recover.
You may also want to return to the list of symptoms throughout the recovery time to see if your child is experiencing a return or increase of concussion symptoms which include but not limited to:
Dizziness- Everything from seeing stars to feeling like they have been spun around several times.
Confusion – Maybe they can’t remember what happened before or after the event that caused the concussion. Perhaps your child doesn’t understand the questions you are asking him or her as well as they usually do.
Headache- That brain injury may actually be felt as pain in the head. This is an especially common symptom throughout the recovery period. Slurred speech – This symptom will be present depending on which part of the brain was injured. If any of the parts related to speech was injured, then speech will be slow or slurred.
Emotional or moody- A great deal of emotional regulation happens in different parts of the brain. This symptom may show up in your child as being increasingly irritable, sad, depressed, or just plain moodiness.
Sleeplessness or tiredness all the time- Sleep regulation is also largely controlled in the brain. Combine that with an increased need for rest to recover from almost any injury, and your child may be very tired all the time, or unable to sleep.
Loss of Balance-This may be because of increased clumsiness, dizziness, or just an off-kilter feeling.
Nausea-That sick-to-the-stomach feeling is also a common nausea symptom. It can range in severity from feeling a little nauseated to actual vomiting.
Light or noise sensitivity- Your child may want to avoid bright or even normal lighting. Loud noises and a lot of background noise can also be irritating in some cases of concussion. With this symptom, your child will want to find ways to avoid this type of stimulation, as it is a warning sign that for this particular concussion, the brain can only process so much sound or light information right now.
Fortunately, these symptoms should go away as your child recovers from their concussion. Taking the time to heal up right and recover from a concussion ensures that your child will have the best possible outcome for their mind and body.
Since the brain is the main body organ used for learning, be sure to keep in touch with your child’s school about the progress of your child’s concussion recovery. Concussion recovery often takes much longer in children and teens. Since this is a young person’s brain development and recovery, taking the right steps necessary is critical for their brain to be in the best possible shape for the rest of their lives.
Many mistakenly believe it is important to keep people, especially children, awake after they have been struck on the head. Children are often more emotionally upset than they are physically injured after a minor fall.
They will cry and appear distressed, but as the parent rushes them to the hospital, children may begin to calm down. Because they have expended a lot of physical and emotional energy crying, they will often want to go to sleep.
You do not need to keep the patient awake. In many cases, it may be helpful to the emergency doctor to be able to awaken the person who is now more calm and rested and will behave normally. This gives the doctor a better assessment of the severity of the head injury.
If, however, a person who was initially normal after a head injury cannot be awakened, or is extremely difficult to awaken, then the person may have a more serious head injury and should be evaluated by a doctor.
The doctor should check inside of the brain. Skull fracture is serious because there is a risk that the brain may be damaged either directly by fractured bone from the skull or by bleeding inside the skull. Clear fluid (cerebrospinal fluid) or watery blood leaking from the ear or nose is sign of serious injury.

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