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WBCB Eagles Football Report - Concussions in Children

St Mary Reese Football Report

Shah Scrubs SmallBy Nirav K. Shah, MD, FACS

It's no secret to my family, my patients, or fellow Eagles fans, that I'm a huge football fan. I'm also a neurosurgeon with a special interest in concussions and football injuries. That's why I'm pleased to be a regular guest on WBCB's Pro Football Report with Merrill Reese.

It provides an opportunity to reach a large audience of Eagles fans like me and give medical insights into what football injury reports actually mean as well as to discuss high school sports.

In this recent interview with Merril he asks "What do you look for in a child when there is a suspected concussion?" Listen to the podcast below.

Children and Concussions

Merrill Reese - Dr. Shah when a child comes into Princeton brain and spine care, what are some symptoms that you look for in diagnosing a concussion?

Dr. Shah - Concussions and concussion care are really quite complex and it's very important that parents are actively involved in the care of concussions for their children. Red flags to look for are altered mental status, confusion, drowsiness, vomiting, or in any other signs of weakness. Those are absolute red flags to go to the emergency room. Fortunately most children with concussions do not have these symptoms. They will improve with what we in the medical world refer to as brain rest. Brain rest includes avoiding continuous television watching, video games, computers and texting over a period of time. If the parent can be involved in the care of the concussion, recovery will be much quicker.

 

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