Concussion care confusion persists among parents, UCLA study shows. Theories differ, but all approaches deal with treating symptoms and repeated cognitive testing. NONE address actually healing the brain damage. Extensive clinical experience and research shows that Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) heals damaged tissues, reduces inflammation, and lessens symptoms. “Watchful waiting” is not a treatment regardless of controls on exercise, sleep and efforts to concentrate.
A new study found most parents rely on outdated and popular misconceptions about concussion treatments that could actually make a child’s concussion symptoms worse.
In an age of increased concussion awareness, the poll released Tuesday by UCLA Health suggests that well-meaning parents may go too far in restricting the activities of a child with a concussion, hampering the brain’s healing process and stymying recovery.
“In the past, there was often a tendency to downplay the significance of concussions,” said Christopher Giza, a pediatric neurologist at UCLA. “Now some parents go too far the other direction and, despite their best intentions, they can inadvertently complicate their child’s recovery.”
More than three-quarters of parents nationwide said they would likely wake up a child with a concussion multiple times throughout night to check up on him or her. Doing that, though, actually slows healing in the brain, Giza said.
“Their headache is going to be worse….