Question: My child sustained a concussion in a sporting event. What can I do to help my child recover?

Answer: Cognitive and physical rest is vital to recovery after concussion. It is important to modify daily routines, including staying out of school until advised by a doctor or therapist to return. It is also important to take regularly scheduled “brain breaks” for 15-20 minutes every couple of hours to allow the brain to heal and to manage symptoms. As a rule of thumb, mental or physical activities that flare-up post-concussive symptoms (e.g., headaches, irritability, etc.), should be avoided. Also, an MD who specializes in the management of sports-related concussion must clear your child to return to playing sports.

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