A lot of parents will tell you their children are at risk when they come out of the shower.
But, are you really sure?
A lot of experts say they’re not.
And some, like Dr. Richard J. Davis, the founder of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, say they can’t help but feel a little uncomfortable with parents taking the position that they’re always at risk for a concussion.
“When parents tell me they feel a bit uncomfortable because they think they are, it is because they have a false perception,” Davis told NBC News.
“There is no science to support that.”
For many parents, there are some other factors that make it more likely they will develop a concussion during a shower or a game, and they might not even know it.
These include:• Children who come out late in the shower, as long as the child is dressed appropriately, such as long socks and long pants.• Kids who are in their car, even if they’re driving and the shower is off, but they do not wear protective gear such as helmets.• Children whose parents do not wash their hands and may have been in contact with a parent in the bathroom.• A child who is on a short-term, low-impact activity, such a football game or soccer game.
If a child’s symptoms are mild or moderate, parents might be surprised to learn that most of the symptoms of a concussive injury do not actually show up for a few days after the injury.
Instead, the child will feel tired, lethargic, and sometimes feel as though their body is not responding to the injury, according to Dr. Lawrence G. Koehler, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Northwestern University and the medical director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Neurodegenerative Disease.
The most important symptom to look for is a “relatively normal” level of headache, dizziness, or weakness in the legs, Koehlers says.
“What I have found is that if there is a slight change in the pattern of headache and dizziness and weakness in a child, it’s very likely that a concussion is occurring,” he said.
If the child’s temperature stays the same for a day or two, and there are no other symptoms of concussion, it might be a case of a “sudden mild traumatic brain injury,” or Sudden Myeloid Leukemia, which is a type of cancer of the blood cells, Kiehlers said.
The following are symptoms of Sudden myeloid leukemia that may be caused by a concussion, and can be seen with a CT scan:• An increase in the amount of blood in the brain, which could indicate that the blood has been circulating in the system longer than usual.• Headache, usually in a “bumpy” or “slowed” kind, that feels like someone is tapping on your head.• The child may feel as if his or her brain is working harder or slowing down.• There may be “vomiting” or a “drip of blood” from the brain.• It is more likely that the child has suffered a “mild” or non-life threatening head injury, such the dislocated shoulder, or a broken arm.
Some parents might also have trouble believing that their child is experiencing the symptoms that they are seeing.
“They say, ‘I feel fine, I’m just a little tired,'” said Kelly Rafferty, a parent and author of The Concussion Solution, a book that helps parents manage symptoms of concussions.
“That is just not true.
They are not feeling tired.
The brain is going through the same process that you go through when you have a stroke.”
Many parents might have trouble explaining to their children that they might have a concussion if their child doesn’t go to the bathroom in the same way that they do.
The most common explanation is that their kid has some kind of medical condition that causes them to urinate.
This is a common misconception that parents often hear from the media.
“Kids do not necessarily need to go to a bathroom to get a concussion,” Davis said.
“The idea that a child needs to pee and then be hit by a car and have a brain bleed is not realistic.”
If the doctor says there is some way the child can reduce the likelihood of having a concussion from showering or playing a sport, Davis said, the best thing to do is “to not do it.”
“I don’t want to get in the way of parents who are trying to protect their children,” he added.
I just don’t think parents should be pushing that message.”
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) advises parents to tell their children they are going to the toilet as soon as they come in, if they are comfortable doing so.
The institute also says it would be dangerous for a parent to take the