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Decline in Quality of Life After Concussion Can Be Long-Lasting for Children and Teens

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Many children recover fairly quickly from a concussion. However, a recent study has found that they may still experience a decline in their overall quality of life for months after. What does this mean for children or teens who have suffered a concussion in an automobile accident? The following explains further and provides parents some valuable information on how to help their child cope with the potentially long-lasting effects of a concussion.

About the Study

Researchers from the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute in Ottawa tracked the quality of life factors for 2,000 children who had suffered from an acute concussion. Aged between five and 18 years, they were assessed four weeks, eight weeks, and 12 weeks after the initial injury. Those that had three or more symptoms at the 12-week mark were categorized as persistent postconcussion syndrome sufferers; a total of 510 children fell into this category. These children suffered from a lower overall quality of life score (about 10 points lower), but even those that healed quickly had a slightly lower overall quality of life, scoring three to four points below healthy children who had never experienced a concussion.

Helping Your Child Cope After a Concussion

While the researchers do not yet know why the overall quality of life is diminished in even quickly healing children, there are some things that parents can do to try and help their child cope after a concussion. The first is to watch for signs of persistent postconcussion syndrome and to ensure that medical care is received until the doctor feels your child is recovered. The second is to avoid over-restricting your child.

Certainly, they do need time to recover, and they should rest until their doctor says otherwise. However, once they can start doing activities, parents should attempt to resume them a little at a time. You can start with five to 15 minute intervals and then slowly increase to just 30 minutes at a time. Conversations with friends and any activities that do not cause their symptoms to worsen are generally considered acceptable, and they may help children stave off boredom, which could also improve their overall quality of life.

Getting Compensation for Your Child's Injuries

Often, parents do not consider how their child's injuries may impact their life, and they may feel unjustified in seeking compensation for an injury that is not their own. Yet it is important to recognize that time away from work, time spent at doctor's offices, medical expenses, and other losses are still a factor in your accident. They should be considered. So, if your child was injured in an accident, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer for assistance.

At the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C., we protect the best interests of our clients and their families. Skilled and dedicated, we will aggressively fight for the maximum compensation possible in your auto accident injury case. Schedule a consultation with our Joliet auto accident lawyers to learn more. Call 815-666-1285 today.

Sources:

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2016/10/25/after-concussion-kids-quality-life-may-dip-for-months.html

https://injury.research.chop.edu/sites/default/files/documents/coping-after-concussion1.pdf

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