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Concussion Safety Tips for Children

By Lana Bandoim

Concussions can occur when children play sports or participate in other activities. A concussion is one type of traumatic brain injury or TBI. Consider the following safety tips about concussions and learn to avoid them.

What Is a Concussion?

A concussion is an injury to the brain that usually happens after a blow, collision or hit to the head. Concussions can affect both children and adults. The symptoms can include dizziness, headaches, nausea, vomiting, confusion and fatigue. It is also common to experience slurred speech, sleep problems and memory issues. Some people have amnesia after a serious concussion.

Children may have problems with balance or walking. They may lose consciousness briefly or respond to questions slowly. Symptoms usually appear immediately after an injury. However, a delay is possible, and some symptoms may not show up for several hours or days.

How to Respond to a Concussion

The first step is to remove the child from the game or other activity. Second, medical attention is necessary. Even a minor concussion requires rest and healing. Third, it is important to follow the healthcare provider's recommendations for treating a concussion. Children may not be able to return to school or sports right away.

In most cases, children are able to go home after a medical evaluation. However, it may be necessary for them to stay at the hospital overnight for monitoring. Doctors may need to do several tests such as CT scans or MRIs.

How to Prevent a Concussion

Helmets can help prevent concussions in children. They should wear the right helmets for each sport. It is their responsibility to make sure the helmets fit correctly. Playing on soft surfaces can also help prevent concussions. Pay attention to playgrounds and other areas that children use to play sports or games.

Teach children to play sports safely to avoid concussions. Limit collisions with other players. Work with coaches to eliminate aggressive tactics that increase the risk of injuries. Enforce the rules and do not let others ignore them.

Concussions can happen off the field, so it is crucial to stay vigilant. Use the proper car seats and booster seats for kids. Consider child proofing dangerous parts of the home and removing items that are likely to increase injuries.

Concussions can be serious, so it is important not to ignore any type of head injury in children. Get immediate medical help and follow the doctor’s recommendations.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Avondale, Ariz.

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