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What Are the Risks of Concussion for My Child?

Children under the age of 15 are at the highest risk of suffering a concussion that any other age group. This is obviously due to the activities that they engage in. Young boys are at a greater risk than young girls for the same reason. They are more likely to take risks such as climbing trees, rough housing, playing rough sports, skateboarding and other potentially injurious activities. Most concussions received by children are not serious and symptom other that a short lived bump, bruise or short term headache are all that ever occurs. However some concussions may lead to complications. Children at the greatest risk are those:

  • Involved in a bicycle accident, car accident or pedestrian accident.
  • Who fall from elevations like trees, ladders, roofs or playground equipment.
  • Who are victims of physical abuse by parents, siblings, sitters or even companions.
  • Participating in contact sports such as football, soccer, rugby, boxing and other. The risk increase greatly if there is a lack of proper safety equipment.
  • Who have experienced a previous concussion.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is actually defined as a traumatic brain injury that alters the functioning of the brain. The effects of the injury are usually temporary but may include headaches, nausea, dizziness as well as problems with concentration, memory, balance and coordination. A blow to the head is the most common cause, but shaking of the head and upper body can also produce a concussion. Loss of consciousness can occur but is not usual. All concussions require rest and time to heal to avoid further injury.

In young children, the symptoms of a concussion may be hard to recognize. The child may appear dazed, listless or tired, irritable or off balance. They may show a change in eating habits, sleep patterns and a loss of interest in normally favorite things. Any head injury to a young child requires a trip to the doctor as soon as possible.

What kind of complications can occur following a concussion?

Although most concussions do not lead to complications, those that do can be very serious. Some of the complications which are the result of a concussion are:

  • Epilepsy – Risk for epilepsy are doubled in those who have received a concussion, within the first five years following the injury.
  • Cumulative effects from multiple injuries – Functional impairment may occur over time to those who have received multiple injuries over time studies have shown. This is evident in adults that participated in contact sports all of their lives beginning at a young age.
  • Post-concussion syndrome – Some people develop symptoms from day to months after receiving a concussion. These symptoms may include dizziness, headaches, and cognitive difficulties.
  • Second impact syndrome – Experiencing a second concussion before the resolution of the first concussion signs, may result in rapid brain swelling that is usually fatal. This is almost always sports related when a player is allowed back into a game prior to a concussion being healed.

What to do if a concussion is suspected in your child

If you suspect that your child has received a concussion, seek child medical attention immediately. Signs may include dizziness, nausea, headaches and loss of consciousness. The doctor will perform neurological tests to determine the extent of the brain injury. Be aware that symptoms may not be present for hours or even days following the injury. All head injuries in children should be taken seriously regardless of how benign they may appear.

If you child received a head injury at school, while playing sanctioned sports, on playground equipment or from an accident involving a negligent party or entity contact an experienced brain injury attorney to explore your options. There may be compensation available for your child’s injuries. Dolman Law offers a free consultation with an experienced brain injury attorney. We take children’s injuries seriously and will bring accountability to anyone responsible. Call us today or contact us by filling out the easy form on our website.

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