Sports can be one of the many ways that injure your child. Whether it is coming into contact with another child, miscalculations, or other accidents, Dr. Mary Ogunsanya at Maryland Children Health Center is here to help Glenn Dale and Oxon Hill, MD with their child sports injuries. It is important to understand when a little heat and ice will be fine and when you need to go to a pediatrician. Here are some common sports injuries and when you’ll want to seek treatment.
Children Sports Injury Types
The National Institutes of Health states that overuse and muscle/joint strains and sprains are the top children's sports injuries. But there are other types of injuries that your child may receive while in the course of playing sports such as broken bones, dislocated joints, concussions, and growth plate injuries.
When to See a Pediatrician
While there are some things that will always warrant a trip to the emergency room such as loss of consciousness, protruding bones, or uncontrolled bleeding, there are other signs of sports injury that may not show until later.
If your child isn’t putting weight on some part of them or they have stopped using that body part because of the pain, you will want to seek out help. You will also want to come in if the child is having trouble with sleep or breathing, as this can be a sign of complex injuries. If they have headaches afterward, this can also be a sign of needing medical treatment. Children that come from sports programs and have stiffness in a muscle or joint or seem to have trouble walking or climbing stairs are showing all the signs of major trauma and will need to be checked out by a doctor. Lastly, if there is numbness, dizziness, light-headedness, or are very weak, this is another red flag that there is something wrong and needs attention.
Contact Us Today
If you believe that your child should be seen by a pediatrician, Dr. Mary Ogunsanya at Maryland Children Health Center is here for you, serving Glenn Dale and Oxon Hill, MD. We have years of experience in treating little ones and will take care of them as if they were our own. Give us a call today at (301) 218-0398.