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Would You Recognize Your Kid’s Concussion?

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Chris Coyne was used to getting pummeled on the football field—he thought that taking a beating was just part of the game. He refused to be sidelined by a few nasty bumps. But after sustaining numerous head injuries, the Yale university student found himself unable to take notes in class or remember where he was going. Like lots of young sports fanatics, Chris wasn’t happy to sit on the bench: he just wanted to get back in the game as soon as possible. More than 50% of sports concussions go unreported, partially because young athletes don’t want to pass up playing time. Chris continued to play with his concussion, and his brain hadn’t recovered from all the times it had slammed against his skull. Ultimately, he had to give up football for good. “I wish I knew then what I know now about concussions and injuries,” he says. “If I did, I would still be playing.”

Experts estimate that there are between 1.6 and 3 million sports-related concussions among children and adults every year. Even if your kid’s not an athlete, you should still make sure you can recognize the symptoms of a concussion. Falls are the main cause of brain injuries in kids under age 10; your tot’s tumble could be more serious than you think. Whenever your kid bangs his head, watch out for these red-flag symptoms: headache, fatigue, balance problems, vomiting, drowsiness, memory and concentration issues, irritability and sadness, and sleep disturbances. If you suspect that your child has a concussion, get her checked out by a doc right away. Though many of these injuries are easily treated with rest, others require surgery to reduce swelling and decrease the risk of long-term damage.

Now, Chris works to raise awareness about concussions, and remind young players how important it is to let themselves rest and recover following an injury.

Check out this video about Chris’s story, which was produced by Choices, a Scholastic magazine for students.

Image: Boy in football helmet via Shutterstock

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Brain Injuries in Childhood Have Lasting Effects on Learning
Brain injuries can lead to widespread deficits in a range of functions — from language to motor skills and cognition — and the effects may be longer-lasting than researchers thought, especially in young children who suffer traumatic blows to the head.

Should Parents Lose Custody of Super Obese Kids?
Should parents of extremely obese children lose custody for not controlling their kids’ weight? A provocative commentary in one of the nation’s most distinguished medical journals argues yes, and its authors are joining a quiet chorus of advocates who say the government should be allowed to intervene in extreme cases.

Anxiety, Other Disorders More Common in Autism
Autism tends to go hand in hand with a variety of other mental and behavioral conditions in kids, suggests a new study that highlights the fuzzy nature of autism diagnoses themselves.

Lots of Fun in the Sun, but Little Use of Sunscreen by Kids
The majority of pre-adolescents don’t regularly use sunscreen, according to a new study, despite the fact that many of them suffered sunburns at some point during their childhood, which increases the risk of developing melanoma later in life.

Tiny Baby Melinda Star Guido Heading Home
At birth, Melinda Star Guido weighed less than a can of soda – only 9 1/2 ounces. After spending close to the first five months of her life at the hospital, she’s headed home.

Girl Who Outsmarted Alleged Kidnapper: ‘I Got my Fight From Daddy’
A 9-year-old girl is getting credit for her quick thinking and for speaking up after managing to escape from her alleged kidnapper last week.

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Block of OTC Morning-After Pill Sparks Debate
The Obama administration’s top health official stopped plans Wednesday to let the Plan B morning-after pill move onto drugstore shelves next to the condoms.

Economic Strain Harms Parent-Child Relationship
University of Missouri researchers discovered parents who experience financial problems and depression are less likely to feel connected to their children, and their children are less likely to engage in prosocial behaviors, such as volunteering or helping others.

MyAutismTeam: A New Site for Families With Autism
MyAutismTeam, which slipped from beta-dom into official launch mode this week, is more than just a repository of recommendations about local therapists and accommodating Taekwondo studios and barbers; it’s also a social-media destination.

Headaches Common in Kids Months After Brain Injury
Kids who have a concussion or other traumatic brain injury are more likely to develop headaches for up to a year afterward than children who have had a bodily injury, according to a new study.

Arsenic in Rice May Pose Risk for Pregnant Women
Pregnant women who eat rice regularly may expose themselves and their fetuses to too much arsenic, possibly putting them at risk of premature births, researchers from Dartmouth College said.

Obese Pregnant Women Can Safely Diet: Study
Obese pregnant women can safely limit their weight gain by watching what they eat, an analysis of several clinical trials suggests.

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