7) Most children get better within two to four weeks.
Children take longer to heal than adults, but most will recover within a month. If your child has had a concussion before, they may take longer to heal. Each concussion is unique, so avoid comparing your child’s recovery to someone else’s, or even to their own previous concussion experience.
8) There are simple steps you can take as a parent to prevent and manage concussion.
Take precautions to prevent falls in and around your home, and support your child to take part in skill-appropriate physical activities. Teach your child the rules of the game and why it’s important to follow them.
Know the signs and symptoms to watch for, and what to do if you suspect a concussion in your child. Remember these three steps:
- Recognize and remove your child from activity immediately, even if they insist they are OK.
- Get checked out by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner.
- Gradually return to school and physical activity, according to your child’s symptoms.
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