If you think that a person may have suffered a concussion, you should immediately remove the person from the activity and ensure that they are assessed by a health care provider.
Falls at home are one of the most common causes of concussion in young children.
Watch young children closely.
Use safety products such as window guards and safety gates where appropriate.
Use non-slip mats in high traffic areas like the kitchen and bathroom.
Help reduce the likelihood of injury during sports, recreation and unstructured play.
Encourage children to learn proper sports skills and techniques to protect themselves.
Ensure children wear the proper and correctly fitted protective equipment.
Choose a playground with a deep soft surface.
Keep children under five years of age from equipment higher than 1.5 metres (5 feet)
Talk to the coach and find out if they have a concussion identification and management protocol. If the coach doesn’t know, approach the sport association and suggest developing a protocol. The Porcupine Health Unit can help sport and recreation organizations to develop a comprehensive concussion protocol.
On the Road
While riding in a car:
Use the correct car or booster seat for the size and age of your child.
Ensure the car or booster seat is properly installed.