Prevention of Concussions
The following steps may help prevent concussion injuries in children and adolescents:
- To help prevent concussions caused by motor vehicle accidents: make sure children under the age of 12 always ride in the back seat and be sure your child uses a child car safety seat or seat belt properly every time he or she rides in a car.
- To prevent concussions caused by falls: supervise young children carefully; use window guards and toddler gates at the tops and bottoms of all staircases; do not allow children to climb on furniture, or play on balconies or fire escapes; and make sure all play structures are surrounded by wood chips or another soft material.
- To prevent concussions caused by collisions during sports and other recreational activities: make sure children and adolescents wear appropriate protective equipment, such as head gear and helmets. Mouth guards also may decrease the incidence and severity of concussions by absorbing some of the impact during impact.
- To prevent concussions caused by child abuse: never shake a child or jerk a child's head or neck.