It's estimated that one in five high school athletes will suffer a concussion during sports season. Younger athletes have the highest rate of concussions. While more perceived contact sports like football are thought to be the highest risk for a potential concussion, all sports carry a similar risk and demand similar precaution and treatment. As a parent, your first instinct might be to ban your child from playing sports altogether. But is that really necessary? No. Why do we say this?For one thing, if you encourage your child to play safely and receive training in head injury prevention, you can minimize risk. And if your child does happen to suffer from a concussion, there are steps you can take to ensure that they heal as quickly and as completely as possible.
Currently, the only cure for concussions is prevention. So how can your child avoid serious brain injury ? Encourage him or her to:
If your child does everything they can to play safely, they are more likely to avoid potentially life-changing head injuries. What if there’s an accident out of their control? You and your child should both know the signs of a concussion. That way, you’ll know when it’s time to seek medical attention.
While some symptoms do appear right away, others may surface later. That’s why it’s so important that you keep track of potential head injuries and know what to look for thereafter. Otherwise, you could dismiss a red flag as an unrelated, minor issue.
No matter when these symptoms appear, get your child to the doctor as quickly as possible.
If your child is found to have a concussion, what next? The doctor will advise you on what kinds of activities should be avoided so as not to task the brain too much. Rest is the most important thing in the brain’s healing process. That means returning to normal activities gradually instead of all at once.
Yes, your child may be anxious to get back in the game. That’s understandable. But their health is more important and returning too soon can slow down recovery. Before they get back to sports, they need to be fully recovered. And that doesn’t just mean when they feel better than they did before. They should be cleared by a medical professional before resuming such physically and mentally demanding activities.
Fall sports season is just around the corner. If your child plans to participate, why not take some time now to review with them how to handle and, ideally, avoid a concussion? Having that information fresh in mind now and throughout the season could be the difference between injury and no injury. Encourage your kid to put safety first!
It’s that time of year again! The holidays are beginning for many families, and the rush is on to find that perfect gift. Whether you’ve gotten all of the presents long ago, or you are still in the “research” phase, it’s a good idea to have safety a priority in addition to fun.
Getting presents for kids can be really easy, or quite tricky. You have to think about age appropriateness, trends, components, to name a few considerations. Not sure what to do? It’s okay, here are few tips.
How would you answer? When is flu season? You might have heard that it begins in December and often lasts through February. While that’s generally true, it’s also true that the beginning and end of the season are unpredictable. In fact, sometimes it can begin in the fall and continue through spring.No matter the time of year, though, no one wants to end up with the flu. Coughing, chills, body ache and fever really don’t sound pleasant, do they? So what can you do to make sure that you’re spared for one more season? Get vaccinated.
Did you know that November is Bladder Health Month ?
Bladder health isn’t something that’s talked about openly or often. Yet, it’s very important. The ultimate goal of Bladder Health Month is to help people speak more openly about it, improve their overall bladder health and raise bladder cancer awareness.
When we think about bladder health it raises the question: What important things do you need to know on this subject of bladder health? Two issues that you should be aware of are first, urinary incontinence and an overactive bladder (OAB), and what are worrisome symptoms that I should talk to my doctor about.