It’s easy to spot a bruise on your child’s elbow or a scrape on the knee, but what about an injury inside their head? Brain injuries, such as concussion, are often referred to as “invisible” injuries because they don’t show on the outside. Even though you might not see the injury, your child will still feel the effects and need the proper care to get better.
Most likely, you are hearing more about concussions these days than ever before. That can mean a lot of information to sift through. Based on the latest research evidence, here are the eight essential facts every parent should know about concussion.
1) A concussion is a brain injury.
It affects the way a child may think and remember things and can cause a variety of physical, cognitive, behavioural, and sleep-related symptoms. Concussions are unique because, unlike other brain injuries, they can’t be seen on routine X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs.
2) A concussion can happen without a direct hit to the head.
A concussion can be caused by any blow to your child’s head, face or neck, or a blow to their body which causes a sudden jarring of their head (think: whiplash). Examples include your child being hit in the head with a ball, colliding with another person, or falling and knocking their head on the floor.