The brain is an organ and serves as the center of the nervous system. It is made of soft tissue and is surrounded by spinal fluid. It sits inside the skull, so if the brain bangs against it, the blood vessels could be torn and the nerves can be damaged. This can result is a concussion. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can alter the way the brain functions. It can be a very scary situation especially for a child. Know the signs and symptoms will help you spot if something is wrong with your child.
Many people think that it is only athletes that are subject to concussions. The fact is that concussions can also be caused by car accidents, bicycle accidents, fighting and falls. If you have children then you know how often kids can get hurt. They fall off bikes, they climb trees and can fall from them, and sometimes get into fights resulting in a head injury. As a parent, it is your job to know what to look for just in case something does happen to your child.
Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion
- loss of consciousness after injury
- memory problems
- blurred or double vision
- nausea or vomiting
- trouble walking
Remember, this does not mean your child will have every symptom mentioned above and also keep in mind that if the injury is left untreated it could result in permanent damage or even disability. Your child should be monitored for the first 24 hours. Sometimes the signs don’t always appear immediately, it can take days or weeks to show. Just because you don’t see blood, does not mean everything is fine, there could be internal bleeding. Do not give them any medications, including aspirin.
If your child was injured during a sporting event, they should stop playing or practicing until a doctor evaluates them. If your child is diagnosed with a concussion, the recovery time is typically within 1 to 2 weeks.
The brain acts like a computer, it slows down when something is wrong. During the recovery process you need to take away things from your child and they will not like it. Here are some.
- no games
- no texting
- no computer
- no watching television
You may be wondering why because watching TV seems simple enough, it is not. You brain is working to keep track of what is happening. Give the brain a break. Once your doctor gives the “O.K.” for your child to go back to your normal routine, make sure the proper precautions are taken to avoid another head injury. No one tries for a concussion which is why it is hard to prevent one but wearing protective equipment, helmets, and seatbelts all lower the risk.