Question: I keep hearing about kids getting concussion injuries. What do I need to know about concussions?
Common ones include headaches, confusion, memory difficulties, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, irritability and vision problems.
WHAT TO DO
If you think your child has a concussion, follow the rule of thumb: “When in doubt, sit them out” from activities and sports. Children should never return to play on the same day the injury occurred.
Treatment involves monitoring and rest. In these initial days after injury, children commonly require more sleep than usual.
If your child’s symptoms severely worsen (such as severe headaches, increasing confusion and repeated episodes of vomiting) in the hours following the injury, go to the emergency department for evaluation.
RETURN TO SPORTS
It is safe to gradually return to sports when symptoms go away, your child is acting back to normal and you have a qualified health care provider monitoring your child’s activity.