head injury picture             Concussion Awareness/Head Injury Help

The CDC estimates that 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur in sports and recreational activities annually.

If your child experiences a head injury at school or home, the nurse or health assistant will assess him/her. 

Assessment these are the steps we will take:

  1. Check their Airway, Breathing and Circulation
  2. Check for neck injury and stabilize if necessary
  3. Check alertness, pupil size/reactivity to light, strengths bilaterally, complaints of nausea/dizziness.
  4. Assess and Monitor for abnormal signs and symptoms
  5. Anything concerning we will refer to licensed medical professional

 You will be contacted if it is more than a minor bump.  Head injury information forms are sent home with your child which outline symptoms which are of concern.

Notify the doctor if your child after head injury:

  • Physical: Headaches, fatigue, Speech, and Sensory issues
  • Sleep: trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, fatigue, drowsiness
  • Cognitive: memory, judgment, organization, concentration
  • Impulse control, mood swings, depression, anger management, stress

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is never given at school to a child who has received a head injury unless a doctor orders it after the child has been seen.  It might mask increasing pain which would be important to recognize and investigate further.