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 kids of all ages with concussions and other mild traumatic brain injuries. Our physicians work together to treat all children as we would our own — and to get them back to doing the things they love.
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, it can affect a child’s 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. Others 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.