Worse things happen but we can take solace from the idea that we are prepared to handle it. For example, we do not want our children to suffer concussions but because of their dauntless actions, we should at least know how to deal with it so when it happens, we can lessen the injury.
Many Singaporean kids or even adults go to hospital emergency rooms because of concussions. Concussions are usually from heavy blows on the head. The heavy blows often lead to unconsciousness and confusion. If our child suddenly becomes unconscious because of a heavy blow on the head, we have to call the medic or rush him/her to the hospital.
Also, there is a need to call the medic or bring our child to the emergency room immediately if we notice vomiting repeatedly, agitated, weak, neck pain, seizure and slurred speech. If the victim does not suffer any of the symptoms mentioned above, we can consider first aid remedies before bringing him/her to the hospital.
Here’s how to deal with concussions:
- Prevent the swelling: The victim should stop the activity that caused the concussion. In the case of our kids, when they realize that the blow hurts, they will stop it. It is important that the person stop whatever activity he/she is doing and then rest. We also need to apply ice unto the affected area using a washcloth.
- Treat symptoms: The pain will be there and it will not go away instantly. For the pain, we can consider over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen (Tylenol). We should be careful not to give Aspirin or Ibuprofen as it may make the bruising worst.
- Monitor: We have to make sure that our kid is okay even if he/she insists that he/she is okay. If it is possible, we should be by their side for at least twenty four hours and observe or monitor their condition.
- Go to the doctor: Concussions are serious so doctors should be in the picture even if we think we successfully treated concussion. It is crucial that concussions are checked by the doctors whether it is serious or not. Should the symptoms persist after discharge, we have to consult the doctor again especially if the patient develops conditions like recurring headache, vomiting, dizziness or drowsiness and confusion.
If the concussion is successfully treated, the patient’s condition will improve after seven to ten days. Hopefully our child now understands the repercussions of reckless activities. We need not be afraid of concussions if our child’s life depend on it.