New Recommendations for Kids with Concussions

One of the first things any grandparent realizes is how quickly medical science can change from generation to generation, but many parents don’t realize that these things can actually change by the time you have your second baby. Whenever you have another child, it’s a good idea to ask your pediatrician, “Have there been any big updates in recommendations since I had my first?”

This past November, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its recommendations for children with concussions. Instead of insisting that children lie down in darkened rooms, children should be allowed to handle light activity, like walking around, gentle playing, and some screen time.

Key Takeaways:
—Stay aware of medical updates. Follow the AAP and sign up for recall alerts from the FDA.
—The old concussion guidelines often led to worse symptoms because of children feeling bored and isolated.
—New recommendations allow for some activity and electronics.



Becky Patouhas, social media specialist, has been a babywearing educator since 2013. Her favorite part of her job is a tie between seeing all the cute baby pictures and helping parents get that “I can’t believe I can hold my baby AND eat!” moment. A first-generation American and mom of two small boys, she and her family live in Michigan, where she enjoys volunteering with her local babywearing group. Becky loves her Zypora meh dais (she has two!) because they’re so cushy on her shoulders. She always has a Lightly Padded ring sling in her purse because she loves the soft padding, and she thinks Isle of Skye is the best colorway out there!

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