Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Pediatric Group Releases New Guidelines for Treatment of Concussions

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new set of guidelines for the treatment of concussions. The new guidelines have been published in the September issue of Pediatrics journal, and come just as a new study finds an increase in the number of children being rushed to emergency rooms for sports injury-related concussions.

According to the study, the number of children being taken to emergency rooms with concussions increased by more than 100% between 1997 and 2007. The study considered children aged between eight and 19, and found that overall, the children made more than half a million visits to hospital ERs for concussion treatment. Among children aged between 14 and 19, ER visits for concussions actually trebled during the ten-year period. California brain concussion injury lawyers suspect that the actual numbers of children suffering concussions are much higher, simply because many children with concussions are not taken to emergency rooms.

The study results have been published to coincide with the release of the new guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics. According to the group, a child who suffers a concussion must be put through a treatment program that consists of little else but rest. There is a misconception that concussions are minor injuries, just because they don't always result in loss of consciousness. Nothing could be further from the truth. A concussion can lead to complications further down the line, especially if you have not taken care to prevent your child from suffering a second concussion.

A child who goes back to playing sports soon after a concussion, could suffer another head injury which could be harder to heal. The group is recommending that these children be given plenty of rest, and made to stay home from school while they recuperate after a concussion. Television time and homework must be avoided until the child has time to completely recover.

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