Kids’ doctors on winter sports and brain injury

Kids’ doctor in Gastonia NC
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Kids’ doctors recommend keeping an eye on your kids’ participation in sports. January is Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness, and now is when you should be scheduling sports physicals for your children participating in sports in the spring. Skiing, hockey and ice skating can lead to concussions.

A child doesn’t need to be knocked unconscious to suffer concussion. Symptoms include dizziness, confusion, balance trouble, nausea, blurry vision and headaches, among other things. If you’re involved in winter sports and you suspect that a child has had a concussion, the first thing to do is get him or her out of the game. He or she should see a kids’ doctor as soon as possible, undergo tests to make sure the damage isn’t too severe, and should rest physically and mentally for several days. Suffering a second concussion soon after the first one can cause much worse damage, and in rare cases can lead to severe and sometimes fatal brain swelling.

Sports physicals are a good idea

In addition to trauma such as concussion, there are chronic problems that your kids’ doctors can spot before you do. This is why a sports physical is a good idea.In Carolina, children and teenagers must get a sports physical exam and get a form filled out before taking up a new sport or beginning a new season. Look for these forms at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association web site, www.nchsaa.org.

Your kids’ doctor will check your child’s strength, flexibility, joints and posture, eyes, ears, nose, throat and abdomen, and make records of height, weight, pulse and blood pressure. You’re going to have to be ready to talk about your child’s medical history. The first questions on the form are about chronic medical conditions, including asthma, diabetes or kidney problems. Ask your kids’ doctor for advice on what to do if these are a factor.

You’ll need to be prepared to disclose not only your child’s medical history, but your family’s medical history, especially any problems that run in the family.The doctor will want to know if your child’s on a diet, taking any medications or supplements, or has a history of substance abuse. 

A children’s doctor in Gastonia, NC

Gastonia Pediatric Associates is a children’s clinic which is conveniently located west of Charlotte, NC. It is one of the first medical practices for children in the Gastonia area. This clinic has served three generations of families with personalized care and has personnel ready to offer medical advice for parents 24 hours a day. Its staff includes three physicians and three nursing staff. Gastonia Pediatrics is owned and directed by its own physicians. If you need a children’s doctor, call today.