A concussion is a brain injury that temporarily affects the way we think and remember things.
A hit to the head, neck, face or somewhere else along the body that causes sudden and rapid movement of the head may cause a concussion.
Some examples are, falling on the ice and hitting your head or colliding with another person at the chest during a soccer game.
Concussions are complicated brain injuries and therefore, it is important that you keep these facts in mind:
- Concussions are not just sports related injuries. Falls around the home and motor vehicle crashes can also cause a concussion.
- A person does not need to lose consciousness to have sustained a concussion.
- A concussion can be caused from an impact to another part of the body – not just a hit to the head.
- Symptoms of a concussion do not always occur at the time of injury. Some symptoms may not be experienced until hours or days after the injury has occurred.
There are ways that you can help protect your child from sustaining a concussion:
- Make sure your child is wearing the right protective equipment during all their sports and recreational activities.
- Teach your child about rules for safety. If your child is participating in a sport or other recreational activity, it is important to teach them the rules of that sport.
- Actively supervising your young child can help reduce the risk of a head or brain injury. Keep children off higher surfaces, such as countertops. When at the playground, be sure play equipment is appropriate for the age of the child. Be mindful of the height of play equipment and its surfacing. Falls from play equipment can cause serious risk for a concussion.
- Modify your child’s play environment to ensure it is safe. This includes keeping floors clean of toys, clutter, or any hazard that may cause your child to fall. Use the appropriate safety gates for all stairways. Use other safety products around the home, such as window guards, cabinet locks, and wall anchors for furniture/TVs, to help reduce the risk of injury.
- Use an approved car seat or booster seat that is appropriate for the age and size of your child.
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