3 Things to Know About Concussions
Take those blows seriously!
High school athletes are at the highest risk for concussions, with football players getting the most each year. But a concussion can happen anytime the brain is violently jarred inside the skull. Here's what you should know:
- All patients with a suspected concussion should seek medical attention. Take your child to the emergency room right away if he is vomiting, struggles to stay awake, is confused or has a severe headache.
- A common misconception is that concussion patients should not sleep. In reality, that's the best way to allow the brain to recover. When your child is sleeping, her brain is getting better. Once she has been professionally evaluated, let her sleep.
- Your doctor might prescribe mental rest as the brain recovers. That means avoiding critical thinking – you've got it, no homework! But it also can mean a ban on video games, television, driving and loud music.