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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Concussed kids: Almost two million

Dr. Bennet Omalu  (Photo by Wilkinrm1)
It used to be that a bang on the head was no big deal.  You picked yourself up and kept on going.

Now we know that these bangs can cause concussions, and concussions can spell big trouble.  Researchers estimate that “close to 2 million U. S. children and teens may suffer concussions annually.”  This doesn’t include all the unreported cases.

Concussions can “stretch and damage brain cells and create chemical changes in the brain.”  Many stem from sports and recreation activities.  If a child acts “dazed or confused or dizzy” after a head injury, then it may be wise to seek emergency help.

After a concussion, “complete rest” is recommended in order for the brain to heal.

Copyright June 22, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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