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:
- Check their Airway, Breathing and Circulation
- Check for neck injury and stabilize if necessary
- Check alertness, pupil size/reactivity to light, strengths bilaterally, complaints of nausea/dizziness.
- Assess and Monitor for abnormal signs and symptoms
- 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.