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Pediatrics experts offer new guidelines to keep kids from hurrying back to class after suffering a head injury.
As posted earlier, the attending physician is likely the best source for determining recovery and follow up for the injury.
I am sure that this article will be met with some sharp criticism. As a father of a youngster who suffered multiple concussions playing hockey I can tell you that the consequences are not fully known....but ask yourself this very important question - Is it worth my kid being harmed - suffering permanent mental impairment?
His academic performance and overall aptitude has diminished noticeably - are these symptoms of multiple concussions - coming back too soon?
Have your child baseline tested in the event they suffer a concussion and I would caution against having those that seem to be concussion prone (suffering a 2nd) from returning at all. Given our experience I would seriously consider not having a youngster come back if they suffered just one - it isn't worth it.
The conclusion of the article is telling - best of luck to you Hannah! Serenity Prayer
I sure do understand! Good luck to Hannah, and others. These head injuries are something to be reckoned for, and listened to. You have your whole live. Sports is great, but don't let it be the end all.
These kids shouldn't be sitting at home watching TV or movies, or playing video games - if the goal is rest, that really means doing nothing.
Disappointed that there is no information on nutritional support contained in the recommendations. If the brain is struggling to recover from a concussion, why not speak to the building blocks of the brain - omega-3s essential fatty acids? The US military has already spent millions on TBI brain recovery research - and there is no mention of that in the Pediatric recommendations?
Why any parent would keep their child in a sport after experiencing a head injury is beyond me. These injuries are permanent.
My daughter had a concussion. No one even saw it happen. She went to the floor for a loose ball and took a knee to the head. She kept playing and finished the game. That night, before bed, she complained of a headache. The next day she had a major headache and slept 18 hrs. The dr thought concussion, but the sleeping made her wonder if it could be something else like mono. I was sure it was a concussion as when I had a concussion I slept most of the next three days.
She also lost her ability to do advanced math. She could not even do a very simple story problem. So, add in how quickly she got fatigued and the headaches and it made no sense to go to school. The dr said to let her be bored and stay at home until symptoms gone. After four weeks at home she started back part time and then after a week, full time. The school was great and she did not have to make up the missing assignments.
The one thing I would have done different is take her for regular walks. From my reading, walking can be helpful in the recovery process and can eliminate some of the boredom at home.
People, this is about returning to the classroom after a concussion, not the sport. The problem is that while the school officially maybe supportive of a student being out due to injury, many teachers are less than helpful.
"Back in the fall of 2011, Hannah tried to return to class after suffering four concussions in soccer and basketball the prior school year."............the bigger questions is WHY did her parents let their daughter get back into sports or allow her to be in a situation to get concussion # 3 & #4? Very sad.
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