Many parents will have important questions on a wide variety of health topics regarding their child’s health. Dr. Saad Saad is a pediatric surgeon who has spent the majority of his life caring for kids.
With all the controversy regarding contact sports, he has been getting more questions from concerned parents about whether these activities should be avoided or if their child is injured what are the apocopate steps that should be taken.
Dr. Saad Saad tells parents that his biggest concern over many sports is the child getting a concussion, which in the long run can lead to serious issues such as dementia and severe memory loss.
Dr. Saad Saad informs parents that a concussion is a brain injury with different levels of severity that occur due to a blow to the head. This could also happen if a child is hit or shaken too hard and the brain starts to move very rapidly.
If the brain is subjected to this rapid movement or force, there can be severe damage to the brain cells. A concussion will usually not result in a fatality, but that does not mean that they should be taken lightly.
In the instance that a child takes a blow to the head, there are several warning signs that a parent should familiarize themselves with that would indicate their child is suffering from a concussion.
A worsening headache, seizures, throwing up and nausea, extreme fatigue, and unconsciousness are some of the symptoms that a child may experience. Most of the time these symptoms will show up immediately after the incident but other times it may take days for the symptoms to appear. If symptoms last more than a few days, they should be taken immediately to an emergency room.
Rest is the best medicine for a child who has experienced a concussion. The recovery period could take several weeks. It is important that they avoid physical activity such as sports.
It also may be wise to take a few days to stay home from school. Read more: Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon and When a Child Swallows a Foreign Object – Advice by Dr. Saad Saad
After several weeks a child should be feeling better. Dr. Saad Saad warns parents that it may still be possible for symptoms to last a month or that they may return the moment a child tries to engage in their usual physical activities. Some concussions are extremely mild, while others are severe. It is important to treat a concussion based on how severe the symptoms are.
Children may get upset during the recovery period because it may mean they have to miss their favorite sport for several weeks. It is important that the children avoid physical activities and possibly going to school until they get approval from the doctor that it is safe to return to their normal routine.