How is a concussion treated?
The Concussion Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado evaluates and treats children and teenagers who have sustained concussions and other types of mild brain injuries. Learn more about our Concussion Program.
What can parents do to help treat a concussion?
A concussion can be scary and stressful for both you and your child. It’s important to remember that most symptoms will last for only a short time. The following suggestions should be helpful as your child is healing from the concussion:
- Prevent additional concussion problems, including head injuries, by taking a break from sports and similar activities.
- Allow extra down time and encourage healthy eating and sleeping habits.
- Tell school staff about the injury so they can watch for problems and provide extra help if needed.
- Be patient. A concussion may temporarily make it difficult for a child to focus, remember things or complete tasks.
- Healthcare professionals should always be involved in a young person’s care soon after a concussion. You should also follow up with your primary care provider or a concussion specialist if your child’s symptoms last for more than two weeks.