Concussion Head Injury
Concussion and traumatic brain injuries affect the way that the brain functions and can lead to long-term impairment. This is especially true for children. As we head into the summer season, kids will start playing of soccer and baseball and will be eager to ride their bikes, scooters and skateboard. With kids on the move, it is important to know the signs of a concussion and how to treat it. A concussion is caused when a child gets a bump, blow or jolt to the head.
Recognize a concussion
Concussions can also be caused by a hit to the body, that causes the head to move back and forth quickly. These sudden, sharp movements can cause the brain to jar or twist in the skull creating chemical changes in the brain and damages to the brain cells, affecting the way they think and remember. The best defense against a head injury or brain injury is to ensure that children always wear the right equipment. Not surprisingly, many concussions happen when the child is not playing team sports in a formal way, but is just playing at home or with friends without their helmets or protective gear. They may be just taking their bike around the block and not feel a need to put on a helmet for a short ride. These are the times that kids must be reminded to always wear a helmet for safety.
Symptoms of a concussion
If your child does suffer a bump to the head, make sure you know that symptoms. A person does not need to be knocked out or to lose consciousness to have a concussion. A child suffering a concussion could seem confused, have a slow reaction time and have difficulty concentrating. Look for headaches, nausea, dizziness and changes in sight. Should you see any of these signs, have your child stop playing right away and don’t leave him alone. Take him to the hospital right away or call 911.