How to Reduce Concussion Risks
A closed head injury, such as a concussion, is often the result of an accident, which can be difficult to prevent. There are, however, steps you can take to protect yourself and your family and reduce your risk.
A concussion is an injury to your brain that’s caused by a sudden, violent jolt from something like a bad fall, a blow to the head or abruptly coming to a stop in a car during an accident. The force can cause stretching and tearing to the brain and soft tissue supporting it. A concussion can impact tasks controlled by your brain, such as memory, balance, concentration, judgment and coordination. Your brain can heal, but it takes time, rest and monitoring.
To decrease the chances of experiencing a concussion, encourage your family to follow this list of simple, safety advice. You can lead by example!
In the car
To decrease the chance of severe injuries during a car accident:
- Always use seatbelts, shoulder harnesses and properly installed child safety seats.
- Learn about the air bags in your car. Little kids should not be placed in front of airbags. Check your cars specifications.
To play it safe, wear a helmet when you are:
- Riding a bike or motorcycle
- Playing a contact sport like football, soccer or hockey
- Using skates, scooters and skateboards
- Catching, batting, or running bases in baseball or softball
- Riding a horse
- Skiing or snowboarding
To make your house a safer place to be:
- Make sure your child's play surface is soft and free of rocks, holes and debris.
- Use handrails when walking up and down stairs—teach your child to do the same.
- Install light switches at both the top and the bottom of the stairs.
- Install safety gates by stairs and safety guards by windows.
- Use grab bars in the bathroom.
- Place non-slip mats in the bathroom.
- Keep walkways clear of trip hazards, such as toys, small furniture and electrical cords.
- Avoid using small areas rugs. If you do, be sure to secure them to the floor.
- Make sure rooms and hallways are well lit.
What practical steps will you take to make your home safer today? What can you do to model safe practices for your child? Let us know below!