Returning to school
Let your child’s school or day care know about the head injury. For some children with symptoms, it may be a good idea to start with part-days back at school. This may help the child cope with mental and physical tiredness. Some children may need to ask for special consideration for any exams that take place soon after the head injury.
Returning to sport
Your child can start exercising after a few days of rest. Gradually return to sport starting with light training and building up over several days before returning to a full game. They should not return to competitive sports until all symptoms have settled.
Concussion is the medical name for short-term changes in brain function that some children experience after a mild head injury.
If your child has concussion they may have some of these symptoms during recovery:
- mild headaches which settle with rest and simple pain medication
- mild dizziness
- feeling tired
- difficulty paying attention
- difficulty remembering things
- feeling emotional or moody
These symptoms will usually settle over time. See a doctor if you’re concerned.