Does a child in your family play sports? If so, there are things you should know about the risks and dangers of childhood concussions.
Concussions are serious, traumatic brain injuries that get worse each time they happen. A second concussion can even be fatal to anyone not yet recovered from the first, a condition called second impact syndrome (SIS).
Be able to recognize concussion symptoms
It’s important to know the warning signs when you may be dealing with something as serious as brain trauma. A few concussion symptoms include:
- Headache, vomiting or nausea.
- Trouble thinking normally.
- Memory problems.
- Fatigue and trouble walking.
- Dizziness and vision problems.
- Changes in sleep patterns.
These symptoms can occur right away, but may not start for weeks or even months. If your child has any of these symptoms, see a doctor immediately.
Don’t forget a helmet
Helmets are a required standard in team sports like football, but even backyard activities like riding a bicycle and skating call for protection.
Keep coaches in the know
If your child is playing team sports and has or may have had a concussion, be sure the coaches know. Continuing to play is not worth the risk of a second concussion, so when in doubt, sit them out.
Know your head injury ABCs
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you know your ABCs. That means you will Assess the situation, Be alert for the signs and symptoms, and Contact a health care provider when there is a head injury.