Children's Health

Children may need time off from school after a concussion, study shows

Some children might benefit from taking a short break from school after a concussion, Nature World News Reported.

In a new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics, researchers noted that while a concussion may not always lead to unconsciousness, it can cause other serious symptoms – including headaches, dizziness, vomiting and confusion.

Though children usually recover from concussions within three weeks, those with strong symptoms might benefit from staying home from school for a few days, the researchers said.

"Students appear physically normal after a concussion, so it may be difficult for teachers and administrators to understand the extent of the child's injuries and recognize the potential need for academic adjustments," said Mark Halstead, lead author of the clinical report, in a news release. "But we know that children who've had a concussion may have trouble learning new material and remembering what they've learned, and returning to academics may worsen concussion symptoms."

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents consult with their physician and a teacher to make sure their child can manage their schoolwork after an injury.

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