Is it just a harmless bump on the head — or something more serious? Our pediatric concussion experts have the experience, equipment and medical know-how to tell the difference. We take a team approach to assess and treat mild traumatic brain injuries and concussions in children of all ages.
A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury that occurs when someone’s brain moves around inside the skull or bangs against it. Although the injury may seem mild, concussions in children can affect health, thinking ability, behavior/mood, school performance and social interactions.
A concussion can be caused by:
- a fall, especially in babies, toddlers and young children
- a sports injury
- a crash involving an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), bike or automobile
- a physical attack, a school fight or child abuse
- any major head trauma, blow to the head
With plenty of rest and reduced activity, kids often recover on their own from a concussion in a week or two. Concussions in other children might require weeks or even months of therapy, rehabilitation, and taking a break from school, sports and other physical and cognitive activities. One of the most important factors for a successful recovery is easing back in to regular activities slowly over time, one activity at a time, with guidance from your health care provider.
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Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
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Our experts in care for concussions in children from Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del. are now coming to Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Glen Mills, where we offer a comprehensive Concussion Program for children and teens.
If you think your child may have a concussion, our concussion team at Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Glen Mills will perform a complete examination of your child and may ask a variety of questions designed to check your child’s memory and ability to concentrate. We may also look into your child’s eyes and check visual tracking, reflexes and balance. Our team sees a wide range of children and teens for concussion diagnosis and treatment.
Because a concussion affects the function of the brain, not its structure, there usually isn’t anything that can be detected with medical imaging tests such as X-rays, computed axial tomography (CAT or CT) scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exams. In rare instances, especially if your child lost consciousness or is feeling very sick in the emergency department, one of these forms of medical imaging may be used to make sure there’s no internal bleeding or bruising. If another type of imaging test is needed, it can be done at duPont Hospital for Children.
If you have a young athlete, it’s a good idea to have your child’s brain function measured before an injury even occurs.
Our Comprehensive Baseline Concussion Testing Program at our Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Glen Mills combines four separate tests for the most accurate screening available. The tests help measure your child's memory, balance and vision.
One of these tests is the ImPACT® (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) test, a computerized, neuropsychological tool used to assess certain aspects of thinking known to be disrupted during a concussion. Preconcussion results are then used as a benchmark or baseline for comparison with postconcussion ImPACT® scores. These test results provide specific and individualized information for assessment, treatment and return to play.
Young athletes 10 years and older should have baseline testing done every year. Although many schools perform baseline testing, having it done at Nemours gives you the best chance that the test will be done in a carefully controlled environment by medically trained technicians, for more useful and medically valid results if a concussion occurs.
We know concussions can be scary, whether your child is an infant or adolescent. That’s why our Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Glen Mills experts in concussions in children and teens work together as a team to evaluate and treat concussions in children and teens, and give the precise, individualized care they need.
Depending on your child’s age and how the concussion occurred, your child could see a physician from our programs in pediatric sports medicine or pediatric rehabilitation medicine (also known as "pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation," these doctors specialize in conditions like brain injuries). Specialists in neurology and neuropsychology may also be consulted if needed.ediatrics, Glen Mills experts in concussions in children and teens will set up a plan to help your child or teen gradually and safely ease back into normal activities. For longer-term concussions, therapy services can be useful to help specific areas of the brain return to full function. This usually takes the form of physical therapy, occupational and speech therapy. Your child’s doctor may also prescribe something if frequent headaches continue to be a problem.
Cost & Contact Information
Comprehensive baseline concussion testing costs $50 and traditional baseline testing is $12. Testing is not covered by insurance, and payment is due at the time of testing. This cost may, however, be covered by a Health Savings Account.
To schedule an appointment or learn more about baseline testing, call us at (800) 416-4441.
- Comprehensive Baseline Concussion Testing(PDF)
- Our Concussion Program (PDF)
- Concussion: What You Should Know (PDF)
- Pediatric Rehabilitation Services Brochure (PDF)
Under laws in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, your child will require medical clearance from a physician before returning to play. Your child’s school can tell you the most recent regulations for your state. Our Return to Play (RTP) evaluation is designed to ensure that your child is fully healed, and typically involves post-injury neurological screening, balance and vision assessments.