- A new study finds that concussion after effects can linger in children for up to a year.
- Researchers found that nearly one-third of kids who suffered a concussion still exhibited symptoms like headaches and irritability up to 12 months later.
- Girls who had mood problems beforehand and kids from poor or troubled families are the most vulnerable.
Children's concussions may have lingering effects that can last for up to a year, according to a new study from the University of Texas Health Science Center Medical School in Houston. Researchers found that 12 months after kids sustained a concussion, up to a third of them still exhibited such symptoms as headache and irritability, which can affect their academic performance. The study also found that "girls who had mood problems beforehand and kids from poor or troubled families seem the most vulnerable" to the lingering side effects. Lead researcher Linda Ewing-Cobbs recommends that "children with symptoms that persist beyond a month should be monitored by their pediatrician so that they can be referred for any needed physical or psychological health services."
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