Tips for Caregiving for Post-Concussion Syndrome
More than half of all sports injuries in children and adolescents are related to the head and neck. The following are considerations if you are at risk of developing a concussion or symptoms of post-concussion syndrome.
Tips on dealing with concussion
Children often experience symptoms of concussion, including: nausea, dizziness, double vision, headache, confusion, problems with memory and concentration, and a sudden onset of irritability. The symptoms tend to subside after six to 10 days and improve more slowly after 18 to 24 hours. In extreme cases, children may develop headaches for up to six weeks after a head injury, with more frequent headaches for those who have had other concussions. Your child’s school must be notified and a concussion must be properly assessed. Additional exams can include MRI, CT scan, Lumbar, Stental scan, or cortisone.
Best ways to treat post-concussion syndrome
If your child is complaining of migraines, dizziness, vomiting, and loss of consciousness that improve after short recovery time, he may have post-concussion syndrome. This condition is a condition that lasts longer than two weeks. Common symptoms may include headache, nausea, sleeplessness, weight loss, fatigue, depression, and confusion. The brain is damaged, and symptoms will improve or worsen as symptoms clear or worsen. Post-concussion syndrome can be treated with medication, nutritional changes, or an adjustment to diet and physical activity.
Out of school for a day or two
Often following a concussion or spinal cord injury, there is limited school or work participation for several days or weeks. However, there are other ways to include your child in school that minimize the risk of further injury. Simply telling your child they can start school at home may not be the best idea. Consider scheduling regular appointments with your child’s doctor. Doctors can make certain you are aware of possible new problems in your child, assist with using social networking sites to communicate with students, and provide strategies for watching over your child and updating their rosters if you are at risk of missing a parent-teacher conference.
If you have your own source, print out your child’s roster and doctor’s recommendations for you and your child.
Form a support system
Engaging a support group with other parents can be a very helpful method of coping with the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome. Many schools have emergency plans for such injuries, which can help you manage issues as well. Contact your school and get updated on recent changes to the accident and medical plans that are valid for the current school year. Teens are often embarrassed about having a concussion or a possible memory lapse, so reminding them to eat healthy and take good care of themselves can help put the diagnosis into perspective.
During my career as a sports medicine physician, I observed a tremendous amount of parents who experienced hesitation about taking their child to a hospital. With good reason; traumatic brain injuries are not easy to treat. Patients do not have functional memories and regain little to no functional memory and information. So, encouraging your child to get screened, move your child to a hospital within the first 48 hours for a concussion, and go back to school can lead to a better recovery if treated right away. In most cases, parents will remember taking children back to school and reporting the injury long after the head injury is cleared by a medical professional.
Utilize your insurance coverage
To cover any possible costs in the case of a concussed child, reimbursement can be obtained through a claim to your health insurance company. However, a patient’s medical history and your child’s symptoms should be considered when determining eligibility for compensation. To find out more about your child’s medical history, call your insurance company or, preferably, your child’s primary care physician. They can assist you with such information.
Ki Sung Kim graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Knoxville, in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Human Services. She specializes in sports medicine and the experience that comes from working with dozens of athletes and athletes’ families. Ki works with her graduate program adviser to run the Knoxville Area Pro-Am Team and trains the program’s participants to perform well in competitive sports. She is married and has one daughter.