Plan quiet activities for the first several days at home. Your child does not need to stay in bed, but should walk and play quietly. Your child should not play rough with family, friends, or pets. He / she should not participate in any activities or sports that involve jumping, climbing, or running such as bike riding, in-line skating, dance, gymnastics, football, basketball, soccer or track.
Activities like gym class and contact sports are not allowed for some time after leaving the hospital. However, this will depend on the grade of injury. Activity restrictions for Grade 1 injuries are usually four to six weeks, Grade 2 injuries for six to eight weeks, Grade 3 for eight to 12 weeks and Grade 4 and 5 injuries will be determined by your doctor.
Returning to Daycare or School
Your child can usually go back to daycare or school one to two weeks after the injury. Your nurse or doctor will help you decide when it is time to send your child back to school. If surgery was needed or there are other injuries, your child may be out of school longer. The trauma team will help you with your child returning to school.
At school, your child should not take gym class until the doctor says it's OK. Your child should leave class five minutes before the other students to avoid bumping into other children in the halls. Your child should not carry or lift more than one to two textbooks at a time, even if he / she carries a book bag or backpack.