Concussions: A Follow-Up to Safety Awareness Month

42-15487553Each year, thousands of children and teens suffer a concussion — and only about half are sports related.  A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by a blow or jolt to the head or body that causes the brain to shake, and possibly hit the inside of the skull. The shaking and/or hit against the skull may impact the brain’s ability to function and can result in serious side effects. Surprisingly, only 10 percent of children with concussions report “being knocked out”, or loosing consciousness. Some of the symptoms of a concussion can appear immediately after the injury, while others may not show up for several days.

Your child should ALWAYS see a primary care doctor if you think s/he has a concussion. The primary care physician can discuss symptoms and help you create a plan of care.  That plan will consist of physical and mental rest.  It is important to allow sufficient time for the brain to rest, so that it is able to heal.  Your child should stay home from school until the symptoms are significantly improved. You will need to reintroduce mental activity slowly, as your child feels better. Your pediatrician can help guide this gradual process.

However, missing school for any length of time (and not doing homework to stay current) can be a huge set back -not just academically, but emotionally as well.  The best way to speed healing of the brain after a concussion is to have your child treated with a course of microcurrent therapy.  MicroCurrent Healing and MicroCurrent 4 Kids uses the most advanced microcurrent devices on the market, equipped with technology that seeks out damaged tissue and auto-corrects it’s signal to send the most beneficial and healing current directly to the areas that need it the most. No other treatment can do this!  The results are a quicker recovery, less time missed from school, and far fewer concerns about the potential long-term consequences of this type of injury.

Call us to set up an appointment, or for help in locating a microcurrent provider outside of San Diego County… 858-367-9108

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June is Safety Awareness Month

So I am sharing some summer sport safety tips to keep your child playing hard all summer long!

Protective Gear –Helmets are obviously the number one used protective item.  And most parents are sure to buy them for their kids when they get new bikes, scooters, or skateboards.  However, as your child’s skill set and confidence grows, he/she may be more likely to stop wearing a helmet, or stop wearing it correctly.  Regularly check-in with your kids and re-emphasize the importance of continuing to use helmets, and of fastening the straps.  Wearing a helmet with an unbuckled chinstrap is like not wearing a helmet at all.

Warming Up –Your job as a parent is to set your child up for a win –literally and figuratively.  Arriving prior to a practice or game with enough time to allow your child to jog for a few minutes and stretch will ensure your child’s body is set up to win.  Slow, gradual stretching helps lengthen muscles and increases circulation and muscle temperature. That way, your child’s muscles are ready to go and are much less likely to get hurt.

Staying Hydrated –When compared to adults, kids are at an increased risk of becoming dehydrated.  In part, because their bodies are less effective at sweating yet they can produce more heat during exercise.  And I’m sure you know from watching your kids play, they often get so wrapped up in what they’re doing that they forget to break for a drink.  That’s why it’s important for parents to help them stay hydrated.  Look for creative ways to encourage your child to drink water throughout the day and at meal times, not just during physical activity.

Don’t let them Play when they’re Injured -This is a really important one. If your child loves sports, it’s tempting to let him/her get right back in the game, even after an injury. But allowing them to play when they’re hurt — or before an injury has had a chance to fully heal — is a bad idea. It can lead to an even worse injury, one that might sideline him/her for a very long time.  You should seek appropriate medical care, but you can also look into ways to help your child heal faster!  MicrocurrentHealing has helped many student athletes get back on the field, MUCH faster than if they had only followed their doctor’s orders for ice, rest, and elevation.  Click here to read about this amazing, safe, and non-invasive technique.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Here at Microcurrent4kids we want to share with you important information about your child’s mental health as well as the ways we treat mental conditions. Keeping in step with Mental Health Awareness, our focus this month will be on ADHD.
ADHD, the acronym for Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder, is often experienced in children from a tender age. These children usually experience hyperactivity, difficulty in staying focused, paying attention and controlling impulsive behaviors. As such, kids struggling with ADHD are at a high risk for academic difficulties. Some of the causes of ADHD include genetics, environmental factors and brain injuries.
Our genetic makeup effects us in every way you may think of. From our skin complexion to our toes nails, all of these features have been inherited from our parents who got them from their parents. Similarly, some diseases and conditions can be inherited -including ADHD. Environmental Factors also influence our mental health. From what we eat, where we live, the conditions in our homes, schools and the society at large influences our mental health and thus our behavior. Brain injuries can also be the source of ADHD. Though very rare in young children, brain injuries can cause damage to the brain, altering behavior and the mental capacity of the child.

ADHD
It is crucial to have your child checked out if you are suspicious of a sudden change in behavior, either in lack of concentration or lack of behavioral inhibition. Our program is designed to help your child grow and develop by managing and possibly extinguishing any such conditions.   Read more at http://microcurrent4kids.com/science.html

April is Autism Awareness Month

So this month I am discussing the research and development of our Autism treatment protocols.

Autism
All humans have several brain wavelengths, or frequencies, used at various times throughout a given day. The most commonly used wavelengths are referred to as delta, theta, alpha, and beta. Recent EEG studies of children with severe Autism, high-functioning Autism, and typically-developing children, have found strong patterns in the brain wavelengths of those three groups. These patterns show that children with high-functioning Autism and their typically-developing peers use very similar wavelengths at similar times, but most importantly they use alpha most frequently. Conversely, children with severe Autism use alpha the very least. Therefore our treatment protocols are focused on the alpha wavelength, training the patient’s brain to use the alpha frequency more often, and independently. Coupled with the natural detoxification that occurs with microcurrent treatment, this alpha frequency therapy shows great promise with lasting improvements for our patients!

Read more at http://microcurrent4kids.com/services.html#study

 

March is Child Life Month

Thus it is only fitting to explain why a Child Life Specialist is so integral to our pediatric program here at MC4K. Child Life Specialists are experts in child development and the ways that stress negatively impacts development, and the resulting behaviors. So we understand and implement the best methods of alleviating, or counteracting, that stress to minimize those undesired behaviors.

Healthy kids are happy kids
Healthy kids are happy kids

As you can imagine, most children would not find it enjoyable to relax on a massage table for an hour while someone rubs the tension from their muscles. Nor would they find it enjoyable to be treated with microcurrent in a similar (lay still for an hour) manner. As a child life specialist working in the hospital, I was often charged with the task of encouraging a child to cooperate with a medical procedure that was frightening and painful. Thus my creativity and education were called into action, to come up with ways to distract, calm, and focus the child’s attention on ANYTHING but the fear and pain. Luckily, microcurrent therapy isn’t painful! So here at MC4K, my job is a bit easier. However, finding a myriad of ways to encourage a child to hold relatively still while I hold some probes against their skin, is no simple task! This is why my education and background is the foundation of our pediatric treatment protocols. Engaging the child in an activity they enjoy (which will also be therapeutic) while simultaneously ensuring microcurrent treatment is administered effectively is not only what generates the incredible results each child achieves, but it’s what makes our pediatric microcurrent therapy fun!

Read more at http://microcurrent4kids.com/services.html