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Concussions are serious injuries that require prompt care. All suspected concussions should be seen by a trained healthcare provider. It is important to follow up with your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible after the injury. If your child exhibits any of these concussion warning signs, they should be seen urgently.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a concussion is, “a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.
The CDC lists the following symptoms as "red flags" that would warrant an ER/emergency visit:
Concussions are serious injuries that require prompt care. All suspected concussions should be seen by a trained healthcare provider. It is important to follow up with your child’s pediatrician as soon as possible after the injury. If your child exhibits any of these concussion warning signs, they should be seen urgently. The Emergency Department at Arkansas Children’s Hospital is also available outside of normal business hours.
The Arkansas Children's Concussion Clinic offers a comprehensive approach to the evaluation and management of children who might have sustained a concussion. It is a collaborative effort that involves primary care, sports medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians. The team is supported by neuropsychologists, physical therapists, social workers and athletic trainers.
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