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What should I do if my child has a concussion while playing sports?

Children should be removed from the game right away, and parents should be aware of and look out for potential side effects and symptoms, such as headaches and memory loss.

Any child suspected of sustaining a concussion should be immediately removed from play and not returned until cleared by a qualified healthcare provider with experience in concussions, says Christopher Giza, MD, a pediatric neurologist at UCLA.

If a child suffers a concussion during sport:

  • Remove your child from the game.
  • Have your child evaluated by a qualified healthcare professional.
  • Do not return your child to play until he or she is symptom-free.
  • Tell your child’s teacher and coach about the concussion.

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