Preventing a concussion isn’t always possible, but there are many things you can do to reduce the risk of a head injury for yourself and your loved ones. Remember to seek immediate medical care in an ER if such an injury does occur. Here is a look at a few of the ways you can protect yourself and your family from concussions.
Car accidents are a major cause of concussions. You can’t control when or if you will be involved in a car accident, but wearing a seat belt every time you drive can reduce your risk of suffering a brain injury if a crash does happen. Keep your kids safe by making sure they are buckled into the appropriate child safety seat. Children should stay in car seats until they are about 40 pounds, and then transition to booster seats. They should remain in the booster seat until the seat belt fits them securely without it.
Use a Helmet
Helmets should be worn any time you’re involved in an activity that could lead to a fall or a collision. This includes bike riding, skiing, skateboarding, horseback riding, and all contact sports. Make sure that your kids always wear helmets for these activities as well. It is especially crucial that kids involved in contact sports, like football, always wear helmets during practice and games.
Remove Trip Hazards
Concussions can be sustained during a fall. This is a big risk for senior citizens in particular. Make sure your home is free from trip hazards, like area rugs that don’t lay flat and cords that cross walkways. Clean clutter, especially around stairs.
If you suspect you or a loved one has a concussion, seek help at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. Our hospital has a comprehensive range of services, from a bariatric surgery team to our Joint Commission certified stroke center. You can make an appointment with one of our experts and learn more about our hospital’s services by calling (702) 233-5474.