School Nurses

Young children and concussion

Whenever a concussion is suspected, the first step is to see a physician or other qualified healthcare professional knowledgeable in the identification, treatment, and management of concussion. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that “Physicians can play a key role in helping to prevent a concussion and to improve a patient’s health outcomes through early diagnosis, management, and appropriate referral” and “Symptoms of a concussion may appear mild, but can lead to significant, life-long impairment affecting an individual’s ability to function physically, cognitively, and psychologically.” Considering that not much is known about the effects of concussion on young children, it is critical that concussion management for young children is approached with the utmost caution.

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