Concussion recovery in Children

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Concussion recovery in Children

Your child has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Common symptoms of concussion are:

Headaches Difficulty concentrating
Nausea Difficulty sleeping
Difficulty sleeping Memory problems
Tiredness/fatigue Dizziness Being easily annoyed

While most concussions will get better on their own over 2 weeks, 1 in 6 children will still experience symptoms 4 weeks after their injury. Girls are slightly more prone to experiencing more intense or prolonged symptoms and may need more time to recover.

Here are some tips for helping your child recover

For the first 24-48 hours after injury:

Going forward (3-5 days post injury), it is important to reintroduce physical exercise, sports and school work gradually.

Here are examples of steps to follow for returning to school and sports:

Return to school:

Return To Sport:

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Most people recover well after a mild head injury. It can take up to 4 weeks for symptoms to resolve, but they should not stop you from doing your day to day activities. If you are still requiring support to return to everyday activities after 4 weeks following a mild head injury, attend your GP for assessment.

If you are concerned, please contact the Emergency Department you first attended:

MIU Gurranabraher (021)4926900

LIU Mallow(022)58506

LIU Bantry(027)52900

Content by Content by Dr Maeve Leonard and Dr Emma Fauteux, March 2024. Last review Dr ÍOS 9/05/24.