While symptoms are present, your child should avoid sports, hard play at recess, being overly active, and physical education class. Ask the doctor when your child can return to their normal activities.
Make sure your child’s teacher, physical education teacher, coaches, and school nurse are aware of the recent injury.
Talk to teachers about helping them catch up on school work and about timing of tests or major projects. Teachers should also understand that your child may be more tired, withdrawn, easily upset, or confused. Your child may also have a hard time with tasks that require remembering or concentrating. Your child may have mild headaches and be less tolerant of noise. If your child has symptoms in school, they may need to stay home until they feel better.
Talk with teachers about:
- Not having your child make up all of their missed work right away
- Reducing the amount of homework or classwork your child does for a while
- Allowing rest times during the day
- Allowing your child to turn assignments in late
- Giving your child extra time to study and complete tests
- Being patient with your child’s behaviors as they recover
Based on how bad the head injury was, your child may need to wait 1 - 3 months before doing these activities. Ask your child’s doctor first:
- Playing contact sports, such as football, hockey, and soccer
- Riding a bicycle, motorcycle, or off-road vehicle
- Driving a car (if they are old enough and licensed)
- Skiing, snowboarding, skating, skateboarding, gymnastics, or martial arts
- Participating in any activity where there is a risk of hitting the head or of a jolt to the head
Some organizations recommend that your child stay away from sports activities that could produce a similar head injury, for the rest of the season.