Pediatric concussions: New guidelines for parents

What dads and moms need to know about pediatric concussions

By Nathan Legg
Posted on Jun 26, 2014 - 9:13am

ONTARIO, Canada (  

pediatric concussionsIt’s scary when it happens: A child falls or receives head trauma. Is it something serious? Should you worry? Pediatric concussions are serious stuff.

The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation released guidelines to help inform parents when you suspect a pediatric concussion.

The purpose of the guidelines is to inform dads and moms so they can provide the best care to their children/adolescents who have had a concussion.

Pediatric concussions can cause traumatic brain injury, which does at times result in death, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta.

In 2013, at the The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia alone, the hospital saw more than 12,800 concussion visits through its emergency department, primary care and specialty care network.

“These Canadian guidelines are a great blueprint to help healthcare professionals provide standardized concussion care to children, which has been a major emphasis of our multidisciplinary concussion team at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,” said Christina Master, MD, pediatric sports medicine specialist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a national leader in the field of pediatric concussion, which is committed to improving awareness. “We know firsthand the variability of pediatric concussion, and the need for a multifaceted care approach that recognizes each child’s concussion is unique and can differ greatly from adult concussion.”

DOWNLOAD FOR PARENTS: Guidelines for Diagnosing and Managing Pediatric Concussion – Recommendations for Parents and/or Caregivers

Nathan Legg is a contributing writer for Daddyhood who enjoys most writing stories about dads teaching their sons life lessons, sports and finance. Born in Pittsburgh and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Nathan and his dad’s relationship revolves around sports. Together they watch and discuss all things Black n’ Gold on a daily basis.