Elementary-Aged Students

What is different about managing concussion for young children as compared to teens?

Younger children do not lose consciousness as easily as teens and older children. [1] They also may not have the language to accurately describe concussion symptoms they might be experiencing. Instead, they may be more likely to complain of physical symptoms or act out behaviorally in response to their symptoms, often complaining that they just “don’t feel good.” Adults need to be diligent in observing any changes in typical behavior. Parents know their children better than anyone and will be the first to recognize when things are not going well. If your child is diagnosed with a concussion, it is very important to follow the physician’s recommendations and monitor your child for worsening symptoms in the immediate hours and days that follow.

Recent preliminary research findings suggest that young children may need to take longer periods of rest following concussion than older children or adults do. It is commonly recommended that they take at least an additional 7 day rest/recovery period after they are symptom-free.

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