Spotting the signs and symptoms of concussions
BATON ROUGE - Dr. Mindy Calandro visited News 2 at 4 Thursday to discuss the facts about concussions and what to look for if your child suffers the injury while playing sports.
Dr. Calandro says concussions, at their most basic level, are mild traumatic injuries to the brain. They most commonly occur during contact sports, but can occur with any impact to the head.
While concussions are generally associated with high impact sports like football or hockey, Dr. Calandro reminds parents that concussions can result from any head injury. Parents and coaches should be able to determine if a child has been concussed by looking for the following common, immediate symptoms:
- Blurry vision
- Feeling Dazed
Dr. Calandro said the above immediate symptoms of concussions are frequently followed by some symptoms that have a delayed onset. Symptoms that could occur in the hours or days after a concussion include:
- Feeling "in a fog"
- Trouble concentrating
- Change in mood
If the symptoms are observed in children, the doctor advises parents to approach the injury with seriousness. First and foremost, children should be removed from play if the head trauma happens during a sporting event. Dr. Calandro points out that removal from play in instances where a concussion may have occur is now part of Louisiana law. Concussion victims need to seek professional medical evaluation as soon as possible following the injury.
In the days and weeks following the injury, the pediatrician advises parents to take the recovery process slow and limit physical and mental activities after the diagnosis of concussion by a health professional. The same goes for reintroducing the child to sports. Dr. Calandro recommends a stepwise approach to getting your kid back in the game and keeping medical advice at the forefront as they return to the field of play.