Posted by: drmolly in head injury, concussion on
Sep 01, 2010
A 4-month-old rolls off the bed onto a wood floor. A 17- month-old has a temper tantrum and bangs his head on the floor repeatedly. Your 2-year-old runs into a wall and hits her head. A 4-year-old slips when walking on an icy patch and lands on the back of his head. Your 8-year-old hits his head hard when he sits up suddenly in his bunk bed. A 12- year-old collides with another child's head in the hallway at middle school. Your 16-year-old jumps
With training for fall sports comes a real risk of head injury. All athletes, almost regardless of sport, can sustain significant head injury so knowing how to determine when your child can just shake it off and return to play and when they need to sit out for some time is important.
Head injuries run the gamut of severity and understanding that a concussion may occur even without passing out is important. If your child has a concussion he or
I love being outdoors. Every chance I get, even in the winter, I am dragging my poor kids on a hike, bike ride or a swim. I want my kids to love being outdoors and being active, but I also want them to make safe choices about the things they choose to do.
I never want to discourage a child from being active. If a kid likes to bike, I say go for it! If a child loves to skateboard, head to a skatepark and go to town! Swim every day if you
Every kid will bonk his head at one time or another. It may be something minor like a fall to the floor when first learning to walk or something more serious like a fall from a tree. Common sense tells us that if your child is acting fine after it happens, there's no need for worry. Then the tragic story of Natasha Richardson's death after a skiing accident happens and we all begin to second guess ourselves.
In general, kids who don't pass out