Treatments for Post-concussion syndrome

Treatment for PCS may include:

Source: NICHD (NIH)1

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Self care

If you or a family member has a minor head injury with no worrying symptoms, try these ideas. If you have any concerns at all, see your doctor.

  • Apply ice or a cool pack for 10 to 20 minutes, every two to four hours, for the next day or two. (Wrapped ice or a pack of frozen vegetables will work well.) This will reduce swelling of the scalp and help with the pain.
  • Drink only clear fluids for the first 2 hours, to decrease the likelihood of vomiting.
  • Take nothing stronger than paracetamol for pain.
  • Rest - someone must stay with the injured person if they sleep.
  • Check every 2 hours to see if the person wakes easily (if asleep) and responds normally; that their behaviour and movements are normal; and that they know who they are and where they are.
  • A responsible person should stay with the person for 48 hours after the injury.
  • The injured person shouldn’t drink any alcohol for 24 hours.

Source: New Zealand Health2

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References

  1. Source: NICHD (NIH): nichd.nih.gov/ health/ topics/ tbi/ conditioninfo/ Pages/ faq.aspx
  2. Source: New Zealand Health: health.govt.nz/ your-health/ conditions-and-treatments/ accidents-and-injuries/ head-injury

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