How Can Parents Help Prevent Concussions?enparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-asthmaCauseAllergies-enHD-AR1.jpgConcussions are serious injuries. Here's how to help protect kids and teens from these mild traumatic brain injuries.concussion, concussed, concussions, blacked out, unconsciousness, loss of consciousness, blackout, black outs, head injuries, head injury, blow to the head, brain injury, brain bleed, brain bleeding, brain, brain injuries, falls, sports injuries, injuries, childproofing, car seats, safety seats, safety, playground safety, CD1Emergency Medicine, CD1Trauma, CD1Orthopedics, CD1Concussions, CD1Emergency Medicine, CD1Trauma Center, CD1Orthopedics, CD1Concussions, CD1Sports Medicine09/27/201811/27/201911/27/2019Mary L. Gavin, MD10/01/201807f4adef-90d6-4a85-a628-f204e5527453https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/prevent-concussions.html/<p><em>I keep reading about how common concussions are in kids and teens and how serious they can be. What can I do to help protect my kids?</em><br /><em> &ndash; Edie</em></p> <p>A <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/concussions.html/">concussion</a> is an injury to the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/brain-nervous-system.html/">brain</a> that causes temporary changes in the way the brain works. Concussions happen when someone has a blow to the head or the head is shaken back and forth with great force.</p> <h3>Concussion Safety in Sports</h3> <p>Sports-related concussions are becoming more common in kids and teens. At highest risk are those who play:</p> <ul> <li>football</li> <li>ice hockey</li> <li>lacrosse</li> <li>soccer</li> <li>field hockey</li> </ul> <p>Nothing can prevent every concussion. But safety gear helps protect against severe head trauma. All kids should wear the proper headgear and safety equipment when:</p> <ul> <li>playing contact sports</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bike-safety.html/">biking</a></li> <li>rollerblading</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-skateboarding.html/">skateboarding</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-snowboarding.html/">snowboarding</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-skiing.html/">skiing</a></li> </ul> <h3>Concussion Safety at Home</h3> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childproof.html/">Childproofing</a> your home is key to keeping a baby or toddler safe from concussions and other injuries:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Babies reach, grasp, roll, sit, crawl, pull up, "cruise" along furniture, and walk.</li> <li>Toddlers may pull themselves up using table legs. They'll use bureaus and dressers as jungle gyms and reach for whatever they can see.</li> </ul> <p>All these activities can lead to a head injury that causes a concussion. Make sure your child has a safe place to play and explore, and always keep an eye on your baby or toddler.</p> <h3>Concussion Safety on the Road</h3> <p>Proper child <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/auto-baby-toddler.html/">car seats</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/auto-prek-bigkid.html/">booster seats</a>, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/passenger-safety.html/">seatbelts</a> can help prevent head injuries in a car accident. They should be used <strong>every time</strong> kids are in a car.</p> <h3>What Else Should I Know?</h3> <p>People are much more likely to get a concussion if they've had one before. So prevention is very important after a head injury. Repeated concussions can lead to lasting brain damage, even when the injuries happen months or years apart.</p> <p>Concussions are serious injuries that can be even more serious if kids don't get the time and rest needed to heal them completely. Anyone with a concussion needs to heal before doing anything that could lead to another concussion.</p> <p>Safety steps can help prevent concussions. If a concussion does happen, following a doctor's advice can lessen its effects.</p>
Auto SafetyMore kids are injured in auto collisions than in any other type of accident, but you can protect them by learning the proper use of car seats and booster seats.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/auto.html/af9c2655-376c-4e8c-87f4-60b5bcaca953
Car Seat SafetyWhat's the right way to install an infant safety seat? Is your toddler ready for a convertible seat? Get the car seat know-how you need here.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/auto-baby-toddler.html/b29ddcf8-66e4-463f-a60b-8f0338b2a7fc
ConcussionsHow can you tell if you have a concussion? What should you do? And what's going to happen with sports and school? The facts are all on this site for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/center/concussions-ctr.html/87b74e41-ff01-4392-8378-792023eadf68
Concussions Factsheet (for Schools)What teachers should know about concussions and the healing process.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/concussions-factsheet.html/84febda7-e95f-4017-8387-09c8afc29e21
Concussions: Alex's StoryAlex plays high school football, track, basketball, and lacrosse. He's had two concussions. Here, he talks about his experience and what he learned.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/concussions-alex.html/ac616ebb-c47b-4b15-b08d-1cb0c5a0fba7
Concussions: Getting BetterAll body parts take time to heal, even brains.This article for teens has tips on what doctors often recommend to help people heal from a concussion.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/concussions-healing.html/ce8686e4-8454-447f-95cb-a242864bff33
Dealing With Sports InjuriesYou practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries - and how to avoid getting them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sports-injuries.html/e49f63c7-6ae0-446e-a953-4b458a82eaeb
Head InjuriesHead injuries can be external or internal. Learn more about both kinds, how to prevent them, and what to do if your child is injured.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/head-injury.html/9369e328-77a9-4ffb-9782-4aed05a955d4
Is It OK for Kids to Sleep After a Possible Concussion?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sleep-concussion.html/a123c73b-3a00-4a45-aff3-5b2771cfed44
Preventing Children's Sports InjuriesParticipation in sports can teach kids sportsmanship and discipline. But sports also carry the potential for injury. Here's how to protect your kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sports-safety.html/bec4e82b-c8b0-4945-9611-7c9464e177f8
School and ConcussionsA concussion can affect you at school because it's a type of brain injury. Doing schoolwork and being in a classroom can sometimes make things worse. Here's what to know about school and concussions.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/school-concussions.html/0f645356-5b4c-4cc0-851b-131d0e5b9b84
Sports and ConcussionsAs long as people play sports, there will be concussions from time to time. Find out how to protect yourself and what to do if you get a concussion playing sports.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/concussions-sports.html/d0ea3c7f-bdd5-47df-81ef-60bc97e99477
Why Wear a Helmet If It Can't Prevent Concussions?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/helmets-concussion.html/e13e18f3-9a3a-43c7-a0fb-fd515fea3781
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