Concussion Treatment for Children
Consumer Reports shares what experts advise if your child or teenager sustains a concussion while playing contact sports. One of the tips is, “Let them rest, but not completely.” A study published last year in JAMA, which looked at more than 3,000 children who'd been diagnosed with concussions in ERs, suggests that those who'd done no physical activity in the first seven days after injury were more likely to have persistent symptoms a month later than those who had been physically active during that time. “Data shows that it’s okay to have some physical activity a day or so after a concussion," says Dr. Frederick Rivara, who is professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital. "Complete rest is shown to increase, not decrease, the duration of symptoms.”
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