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Most children are constantly moving. But with that energy comes the risk of injury. It’s important for any parent to know how to recognize, respond to and minimize the risk of childhood concussions.
A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when the head is struck or suddenly jarred. As many as 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions happen each year in this country, reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About half of these injuries go undiagnosed and untreated, increasing the risk for more severe brain injury.
Concussions aren’t limited to sports. A concussion may result from something as simple as your child falling off a bike and hitting his/her head on the sidewalk.
Here are 8 things you should know to help prevent childhood concussions or minimize their impact:
All concussions are serious, so make sure your child never ignores a head injury, no matter how minor.
Learn more about pediatric concussions.
Get concussion resources.
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