Some children recover fully in a few days and some take much longer, and how quickly they heal depends on a number of factors. The severity of the concussion, their age, their health in general, and how they take care of themselves after being injured. Parents can make a big difference in ensuring the child is taken care of post-injury.
Children love to be active, but rest is incredibly important in healing from a concussion. Schoolwork, games, and play can be difficult or even impossible with a head injury. The single most important thing you can do for a child after getting a concussion is to make sure they rest. They simply cannot heal without rest.
Rest also means you should wait until their concussion symptoms are nearly gone and you’ve gotten approval from a health care professional to allow them to return to school. If you symptoms come back when they do so, they need to be allowed to rest and heal more
Concussion Tips for Children
- Make sure they sleep full nights – no sleepovers!
- They should rest throughout the day – naps!
- No sports, no swingsets, no monkey bars, no rough play, no bikes!
- No concentration heavy activities. This should make the homework averse children happy
- Ask a doctor before giving any over-the-counter medications
- Get the go-ahead from a health care professional before sending them back to school
- Make sure other adults in the child’s life are informed about concussions and any treatment or rest needs the child has because of their injury
- Make sure they are eating well and keeping hydrated, limit junk food and sodas
- Not too much time in front of screens – computers, video games, phones, ipads, etc
Personal Injury Questions
If you believe your child’s injury was caused by negligence on the part of a school official or athletic league, you may have a personal injury case. The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm can help. We offer free, confidential consultations to get you on the road to recovery, so contact us today. 803.252.4800.