With back to school just around the corner, children are playing it up during these last days of summer - in backyards, parks, playgrounds and just about anywhere else kids can be kids. But, during fun time, safety comes first. This week's post highlights the dangers of child and youth concussion to help parents spot the signs.
Concussion: It's Serious And Common
According to the Government of Canada, 64% of youths aged 10-18 years who visit hospital emergency rooms are there for injuries related to some kind of physical activity, sport or recreation. Of these, 39% suffered concussions and another 24% had possible concussions.
Recognize The Signs And Act Fast
Since children and youth are not always aware that they are concussed, parents should watch out for any of the following symptoms:
- Complaints of headaches or dizziness
- Difficulty with balance
- Nausea or vomiting
- Complaints of blurred vision or sensitivity to light
- Ringing in the ears or sensitivity to sound
- Problems with memory or concentration
- Irritability, mood changes, anxiety or sadness
- Difficulty with sleeping
The most serious symptoms include:
- Sluggishness or lethargy
- Difficulty waking the child
- Unequal-sized pupils in the eye
- Persistent vomiting
If you observe any of these signs or suspect that your child has a concussion, it's important to act fast. Stop the activity and seek medical attention immediately. Monitor the child closely for the first 48 hours and follow the doctor's direction on rest and a gradual return to activity.
Since prevention is always better than cure, Gluckstein Injury Lawyers encourage all families to enjoy their summer by playing safe to avoid injury.