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What to do when your child has a concussion

February 6, 2017

The Pediatric Insider © 2017 Roy Benaroch, MD A concussion is a brain injury. A mild one, yes, but one that can lead to longstanding symptoms. What you do after a concussion, immediately and in the weeks that follow, can make a big difference in how your child recovers. Though it’s a mild injury – […]

Concussions are brain injuries

February 19, 2015

The Pediatric Insider © 2015 Roy Benaroch, MD Many parents (and even some teenagers) realize that kids are going to be using their brains at some point in their lives. I’m getting more and more questions about the effects of concussions—are they going to lead to trouble, down the road? How can they be prevented […]

The best helmet to prevent football concussions is….

November 17, 2014

The Pediatric Insider © 2014 Roy Benaroch, MD Marshall wrote in: “My son has just had his 6th concussion this season in football. What’s the best helmet to use? I want to keep him safe.” Marshall, football helmets are there to protect the scalp and the cranium—the bones outside of the brain. They prevent scalp […]

Protecting your child from concussions

November 7, 2013

The Pediatric Insider © 2013 Roy Benaroch, MD A concussion is a brain injury resulting from a blow to the head. Not the kind of injury you can see on a CT scan or MRI—there’s no broken bones and no squashed or visibly damaged brain. But nonetheless, the brain is damaged. Symptoms tell you immediately […]

Some reassurance about football and your child’s brain

December 4, 2017

The Pediatric Insider © 2017 Roy Benaroch, MD Concussions and football have come up before on this blog, and the news so far has been discouraging. We want kids to stay active, and football is one of the most popular boys’ sports out there. But we know that some prominent professional athletes have had serious, […]

Football and your child’s brain

October 5, 2015

The Pediatric Insider © 2014 Roy Benaroch, MD Since every second of my life, and then some, seems preoccupied with the transition to the New and Improved ICD-10 code set — I can’t imagine how I lived so long without being able to code for someone bitten by a pig in a prison swimming pool – […]

Football helmets protect skulls. They don’t protect brains.

March 16, 2015

The Pediatric Insider © 2015 Roy Benaroch, MD A few weeks ago, I wrote about concussions—mild brain injuries caused by trauma. There’s increasing concern that repeated concussions—that is, repeated brain injuries—aren’t good. They can lead to depression, intellectual decline, movement disorders, and other kinds of symptoms that you’d expect from someone whose brain has been […]

Football and your child’s brain

May 20, 2014

The Pediatric Insider © 2014 Roy Benaroch, MD Eat your vegetables. Be good to your momma. Change your underwear. Good, solid advice. Maybe we need to add: “Don’t damage your brain. You’re going to need it someday.” More and more evidence is accumulating that football, or at least football as it’s currently being played in […]