Concussion - what to ask your doctor - child
Your child has a mild brain injury (concussion). This may affect how your child's brain works for a while. Your child may have lost consciousness for a while. Your child also may have a bad headache.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of your child's concussion.
What to ask your doctor about concussion - child; Brain injury - mild - what to ask your doctor - child
What type of symptoms or problems will my child have?
Does someone need to stay with my child?
What type of activity can my child do?
How can I prevent head injuries in the future?
When can my child go back to school?
Does my child need a special memory test?
What medicines can my child use for any pain or headache? Are ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or other similar medicines ok?
Is it ok for my child to eat? Will my child have an upset stomach?
Do I need a follow-up appointment?
When should I call the doctor?
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Landry GL. Head and neck injuries. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JF III, Schor NF, Behrman RE, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 680.
Review Date: 11/20/2014
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