It can be very scary to think your child may have suffered a head or brain injury. This section is designed to arm you with useful information about concussion, which is a mild traumatic brain injury that needs to be taken seriously. You’ll learn about how doctors at CHOP diagnose and treat concussion, as well as how they’ll manage your child’s recovery.
A child’s primary “job” or responsibility is to attend school and learn so that he can reach his highest potential later in life. Although not every concussed child plays sports, every child is a student and the initial focus should be a return to school before return to sports.
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by a blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the brain to shake. The shaking can cause the brain to not work normally and can result in serious side effects. Each year, thousands of children and youth are diagnosed with concussion — and only half of concussions are sports related.
Concussions can occur even when a child does not lose consciousness. In fact, only 10 percent of children with concussions report being “knocked out.” Some of the symptoms of a concussion can appear immediately after the injury, while others may not show up for several days. Symptoms may last days, weeks or months. Sometimes symptoms may be subtle and not obvious.
The following links will provide the essential information to help you provide support to your child with concussion to help maximize his recovery:
Contact your child’s primary care doctor for evaluation.
Sports Medicine and Performance Center
Pediatric Trauma Center