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Concussion, what to do if your child hits his head?
Posted on: July 02nd, 2019

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A concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a blow, shake, or blow to the head. The injury may or may not have involved the loss of consciousness. Bruised nerves and blood vessels and chemical alterations in the brain cause a temporary loss of normal brain function.

The symptoms can last several weeks. You can expect your child to feel tired, have a headache, and perhaps complain of vision problems. They may have trouble concentrating, forgetting things or appearing to be "in a fog". Some children are too emotional and many have interrupted sleep, whether they sleep a lot or not enough.

Follow a recovery plan.

The following recovery strategy is recommended for a child with concussion:

  • The complete rest is fine, but only during the first two or three days.
  • Avoid aspirin to relieve pain. Instead, ask your doctor if your child can take another over-the-counter medication, such as paracetamol.
  • Can return to school (for partial days and with additional breaks if necessary) and resume light activities other than sports.
  • Gradually becomes more active to resume a normal schedule.
  • If the symptoms get worse or the problems that are solved return, go immediately to the doctor.

The same general plan must be followed to return to sports after your child fully participates in regular non-athletic activities.

Start slowly, with soft aerobic exercises, then specific training for sports, then get in touch with the activities and finally participate fully; Let the symptoms be your guide, back one step if they return.

Under no circumstances should a child return to sports or recreational activities on the same day a concussion occurred.

Red flags

During recovery, keep in mind the signs of a severe brain injury. Call 624 1043 911 (emergencies) if any of the following appear:

  • Persistent, severe or worsening headache.
  • Significant nausea or repeated vomiting.
  • Unusual behavior, such as increased confusion, restlessness or agitation.
  • Drowsiness or inability to wake up.
  • Talk confused, weakness, numbness or poor coordination.
  • Seizures.
  • Loss of consciousness.

If complications do not arise, expect a recovery of approximately four to six weeks. During this time, your child should gradually improve while increasing activities.

What happens if the symptoms do not resolve as expected? If your child still has headaches, trouble sleeping, visual problems, moodiness or trouble thinking after several weeks, see your doctor. You may need to see it now by a neurologist or clinical psychologist familiar with shock, injury or concussion.

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