When your child falls or bangs their head, many of us mums simply pick them up, brush them off and send them back out to play after giving them a quick check. However, would you know if they were concussed or if they needed medical attention?
When it comes to the head and the brain we need to be extra careful and vigilant as any injuries can affect your little one significantly.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is an acquired brain injury. Just like people, every concussion is unique. Each person will have different affects from the concussion. A brain injury can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects.
What are the signs of a Concussion?
- Tiredness or listlessness
- Irritability or crankiness
- Changes in eating
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Changes in the way the child plays
- Changes in performance at school
- Lack of interest in favourite toys or activities
- Loss of new skills, such as toilet training
- Loss of balance or unsteady walking
What should you do if your child has a concussion?
If after resting the head and your child still doesn't feel well, you should see a doctor. Remember – when in doubt, check it out!
How can you protect your child's brain?
- Wear a seatbelt in the car
- Wear a helmet on your bike or board
- Wear Hi Visibility Jackets when walking to and from school