The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released 19 recommendations they believe doctors should follow when treating a child with a concussion.
Across the United States, more than 800,000 children are taken to the hospital every year because of concussion-related symptoms. This does not include the many concussions that go unreported.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. It impedes proper brain functioning, usually temporarily. The person may have a bad headache, experience confusion as to where he or she is and have a loss of memory from the incident.
Experts from the study have proposed changing the name of "concussion" to “mild traumatic brain injury.” They claim the renaming will better define the term, highlighting its seriousness. Most states prohibit kids who experience a concussion from competing in sport games for at least 10 to 14 days.
These new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are supposed to help doctors more effectively treat kids with traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBI's.
The government agency said it hope these regulations will help doctors with protocol when treating younger patients.
The director of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention's, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, is Dr. Deb Houry. She said that it designed the updated guidelines to help inform efforts aimed at supporting families, sports coaches and schools — who are all integral to keeping children safe and healthy.
Experts have said that if your kids play sports, make sure they have the right equipment. For instance, youth football players should have helmets and mouthguards to help keep them safe.
A legitimate question that some parents have asked is, ' how safe are high school football helmets? ' Parents are encouraged to ask their child's Pop Warner to high school football coach that question.
It is important that the child is cleared by a doctor prior to continue play, if he or she had a concussion. The consequence of not being cleared by a medical professional is the risk of repeat concussions.
These repeat concussions can have more than an physical impact on a child. The effects can influence the retention of academic information in schools. There have been instances of consistent straight A students failing classes following concussions during a series of athletic sporting matches.
"There are knee transplants, heart transplants," Dr. Britt Stroud said, "but no brain transplants."
Dr. Stroud is a pediatric neurologist affiliated with multiple hospitals in SWFL. With considerable enthusiasm, she advises youth athletes: "Take care of your brain!"