Baseline ImPACT testing for concussions and post-concussive care for patients ages 12 and older is now available at Centre Pediatrics.
Centre Pediatrics Concussion FAQs
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a mild injury to the brain that may be caused by any blow or even bump to the head. Concussions are most common in children who play sports and sustain an injury during play but can happen to anyone.
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
Immediately after an injury to the head a child may appear stunned or dazed, he/she may be confused about events, or move more slowly. Symptoms after the injury may include headache, nausea, vomiting, balance problems, fogginess, dizziness, sensitivity to light or noise, feeling more tired or sluggish than usual, confusion, concentration or memory problems.
What should I do if I suspect my child has a concussion?
Any child with suspected concussion should be removed from play immediately and should not return to play until evaluated by a qualified health care provider. Please call our office to schedule and evaluation.
Do concussions need to be seen in the emergency room?
Most head injuries may be managed without going to the emergency room. Your child should be seen in the emergency room if they have any of the following red flag signs: one pupil larger than the other, excessive drowsiness or can’t be awakened, headache that is significantly worsening, numbness, repeated vomiting, seizures, loss of consciousness, disorientation or behavioral changes. If you are unsure please call the office.
How does Centre Pediatrics evaluate concussions?
If you suspect your child has a concussion please call our nurse triage line to schedule a visit within 1-3 days of injury. Your visit will include ImPACT(R) testing, a 20-minute computerized neurocognitive test. This test will be reviewed by our Credentialed ImPACT(R) Consultant Nurse Practitioner. Your child will then have a visit with one of our providers to further assess symptoms and do a physical exam. In the event that your child is diagnosed with a concussion we will see them in the office as needed at weekly intervals to evaluate progress both with follow up ImPACT(R) testing as well as with a visit with a provider. We will review return to school and return to play recommendations at each visit.
We recommend all children over 12 years who are engaged in sports or other high impact activities come in for baseline ImPACT(R) testing. Baseline testing allows us to better track your child’s post-concussion recovery. Please call the office to schedule a baseline ImPACT(R) test for your child. Centre Pediatrics is pleased to offer this service for a fee of $35. Baseline testing is not covered by insurance.