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. Returning to such activities will depend on the grade of injury.
Your child can go back to day care or school usually 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 your child has other injuries, he or she may be out of school longer. The trauma team will help you with your child returning to school. At school, your child should not be taking gym class until the doctor says it's OK. It's best for your child to leave class five minutes before the other students, to avoid bumping into children in the halls. Your child should not carry or lift more than one to two textbooks at a time, even if carrying a book bag or backpack.