If a child falls off the playground equipment or otherwise strikes his or her head, the child could have a concussion or another type of brain injury. If the child plays sports, the same thing could happen if the child falls and bumps his or her head on the ice or on a field.
Dina Morrissey of the Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital said that a person’s head and brain isn’t easy to fix. She added that head injuries, particularly repeated head injuries could cause permanent damage or other permanent problems.
She also explained that when a person has a concussion, the person does not necessarily black out or lose consciousness. A person suffering from a concussion may also feel nauseous, vomit and have problems with seeing.
If you think your child may have a concussion, you should take the child to the doctor right away so that the doctor can make sure there is not serious injury, such as bleeding in the brain or a skull fracture. If injured, a child should not be allowed to participate in sports until he or she has completely healed from the head injury.
Furthermore, it is important that children always wear the appropriate equipment for whichever sport they are playing. Helmets, elbow pads and knee pads can do wonders to help protect children.
Source: WPRI.com, “Important facts about child head trauma,” Courtney Caligiuri, July 16, 2012