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Concussion in children - what to ask your doctor

What to ask your doctor about concussion - child; Mild brain injury - what to ask your doctor - child

Your child has a mild brain injury (concussion). This may affect how your child's brain works for some time. Your child may have lost consciousness for a while. Your child also may have a bad headache.

Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of your child's concussion.

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Questions

What type of symptoms or problems will my child have?

Does someone need to stay with my child?

What type of activity can my child do?

How can I prevent head injuries in the future?

When can my child go back to school?

Does my child need a special memory test?

What medicines can my child use for any pain or headache? Are ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or other similar medicines OK?

Is it OK for my child to eat? Will my child have an upset stomach?

Do I need a follow-up appointment?

When should I call the doctor?

Related Information

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Preventing head injuries in children
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References

Giza CC, Kutcher JS, Ashwal S, et al. Summary of evidence-based guideline update: evaluation and management of concussion in sports: report of the Guideline Development Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology. 2013;80(24):2250-2257. PMID: 23508730 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23508730.

Liebig CW, Congeni JA. Sports-related traumatic brain injury (concussion). In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW, Schor NF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 20th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 688.

Rossetti HC, Barth JT, Broshek DK, Freeman JR. Concussion and brain injury. In: Miller MD, Thompson SR, eds. DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine: Principles and Practice. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2015:chap 125.

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Review Date: 10/11/2018  

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