What to ask your doctor about concussion - child; Mild brain injury - what to ask your doctor - child
Your child has a mild brain injury (concussion). This may affect how your child's brain works for some time. Your child may have lost consciousness for a while. Your child also may have a bad headache.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you take care of your child's concussion.
What type of symptoms or problems will my child have?
Does someone need to stay with my child?
What type of activity can my child do?
How can I prevent head injuries in the future?
When can my child go back to school?
Does my child need a special memory test?
What medicines can my child use for any pain or headache? Are ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), or other similar medicines OK?
Is it OK for my child to eat? Will my child have an upset stomach?
Do I need a follow-up appointment?
When should I call the doctor?
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Review Date: 10/2/2020
Reviewed By: Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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