Your child has just been diagnosed with a concussion. As you take your child home to rest, you will need to learn all you can about concussions. Here are some helpful suggestions:

  1. Call your child's PCP as soon as possible (if you haven't already) to alert them of the concussion.
  2. Make a follow-up appointment with your PCP or with a specialty clinic for sometime within the first week of the concussion.
  3. Decide when it is the right time to return your student to school. See the guidelines below:

Stay Home – REST

If your child's symptoms are severe have them stay home to rest for a day or two before sending them back to school.  Limit exposure to electronics including texting, video games and TV if it makes symptoms worse or symptoms are severe. Teens shouldn’t drive until ok’d to do so by their medical provider.    Your child should be allowed to be up and about with the family as tolerated.

Transition Back to School 

Students can usually return to school within 2-3 days of the injury even if they are still having symptoms.
As they return to school:

  • Parents should communicate with the school (school nurse, teacher, school mental health and/or counselor) when bringing your child in to school for the first time after the concussion.
  • Your child will usually need some type of adjustment to their academic load when returning to school after a concussion.  Parents and the school should decide the level of academic adjustment needed at school depending upon:
    • The severity of symptoms present
    • The type of symptoms present
    • The times of day when the student feels better or worse
    • For ideas on academic adjustments visit Get Schooled On Concussion 
  • When returning to school, your child MUST be removed from all physical activity – gym classes, recess, dance classes – until medically cleared to return to those classes. It is important to avoid risk of re-injury before the concussion has healed.

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