Preventing head injuries in children

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The spring and summer seasons are when more head injuries occur in children. That’s because children more active outdoors.

The CDC reports that emergency departments treat nearly 174,000 sports and recreation related traumatic brain injuries each year. So if your child is riding a bike, skateboard, or roller skates, make sure that they wear a helmet.

Former NFL player Kevin Drake, along with his family, started an organization to educate the public about brain injuries like concussion. The “Wise Up” initiative is raising awareness about how to recognize a concussion. It’s important to remember that these injuries don’t just happen in sports, like Drake says they happen in everyday life.

“It’s kids playing on playgrounds, riding their bike, falling off and parents, as parents, and being a parent myself,  I’m fortunate because I know what to look for, I know these things but there’s a lot of parents out there that don’t have that information”

There are symptoms you can look for:

  • Raised or swollen area around the place your child was hit
  • Uneven pupils
  • Headache or nausea
  • Light or noise sensitivity
  • Problems with balance

If your child has any of these symptoms seek medical attention immediately. If you still need more information, you may want to check out a concussion summit scheduled for June 13th at Children’s of Alabama and UAB.

Find out more about the summit here: concussion summit

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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