We’ve all heard a lot more about concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in recent years. Medical practitioners now better understand how devastating and debilitating multiple concussions can be as they can affect the way a brain functions.
As of 2012 all major professional sports leagues such as the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB have policies and procedures for handling concussions. If your child is part of any organized sport team or group, be sure to ask to see their policies on how to handle concussions.
Not all concussions are caused by organized sports; they are often caused by a fall, a car or bike accident or severe jarring to the body. A child with a concussion may be knocked unconscious, but most are not. Symptoms of a concussion may develop 24 to 72 hours after an injury. If your child shows any of these signs, take him to his doctor right away.
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
“Growing pains” can affect children of many different ages and are usually described as a throbbing pain or ache in the legs. The calves, front of the thighs, or knees may be most affected. These pains occur most frequently at night and often are attributed to rapid growth rates. Since there is no evidence to support these pains are caused by a child’s physical growth, physicians have concluded that growing pains are more likely caused by the physical activities that kids are often involved in during childhood.