What are the symptoms of delayed concussion?

what are the symptoms of delayed concussion?

Concussions can be dangerous. But they are especially dangerous for young children as they may not be able to express how they are feeling. A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when a blow to the head or body causes the brain to move in its surrounding fluid. The brain can twist or knock against the skull, temporarily affecting how the child thinks and acts.

It is extremely important therefore to keep a close eye on children if they have had a bump or knock to the head for some time afterwards.

Signs of a concussion in babies

In young babies signs of a concussion can include:

  • Crying if you move the baby’s head
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Bruise or bump on the head
  • Confusion
  • Drainage, clear or bloody from their nose, mouth or ears

Signs of concussion in Toddlers

Toddlers may be able to indicate if their head is hurting and be more vocal about their symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Sleepiness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to noise or light
  • Sleeping more or less

Signs of concussion in children aged 2+

You may see more of a behavioural change in your child such as:

  • Feeling dizzy or having problems with balance.
  • Slow to answer questions
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Trouble remembering

When should you see a doctor?

You should go and see a Doctor if you notice that your child is acting slightly differently, concussion can appear after 72 hours of the initial accident.

Ask yourself

“Is my child acting normally?”

“Are they more drowsy than normal?”

“Is there a change in their behaviour?”

If your child is awake, active and in no signs of pain then they are mostly likely going to be fine but of course it is always good to go and get the bump checked out. If your child is showing signs of concussion especially if they are vomiting, has lost consciousness for more than 2 minutes, struggling to wake up or having a seizure then medical attention is required straight away.

Allow your child to take a nap if they want too, it is a good way for the brain to heal just be careful on how you are waking them up.

Treatment for concussion

The best way to treat concussion is to rest. The brain needs a lot of rest to heal from a concussion, and full recovery can take months up to a year, depending on how bad the concussion was. The brain needs rest from both physical and mental activities. Do not allow your child to use screens of any kind as these can overstimulate and excite the brain.

Sleeping is the best way to recover from a concussion, so encourage quiet times, nap times and early bedtimes.

If you child shows any signs or grogginess, confusion or mood swings get a follow up appointment with the Doctor. If you would like to find out more we do a Peadiatric first aid course click here for more information https://www.themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk/product/qa-level-3-award-paediatric-first-aid-qcf/

 

6 myths about care homes

6 myths about care homes

We work with a large number of care homes and caregivers and love to get their feedback. One thing many of the people we work with say is that, whilst they love working in the care sector they also believe it has an unfair reputation this is particularly shown in the media.

You don’t need to look hard to find numerous, negative, articles in the media about care homes, but, it is important to remember, that this is only a small percentage of care homes, which is giving the whole care sector a bad name.

Care homes are there to give people the best possible care they can get and, without this industry many people would be missing out on vital care that they need.

Here are some of the most common myths we have heard about care homes!

Care Homes are free – Myth!

If an older individual is admitted to hospital they will be entitled to free care while they are there. BUT, if they need social care at home or in a residential or nursing home, then they will have to pay the full cost or make a contribution to the fees for the services they receive.

If the individual has over £23,250 in savings or assets, then they will have to pay for their own care, if they do not have this amount in savings or assets then they will receive some form of help.  

Staff aren’t well trained – Myth!

This is not true at all, just like any other job role staff have to meet requirements in order to get a job in the care sector. Staff are required to undergo multiple training courses throughout the year and are regularly given opportunities to expand their knowledge and training, to provide the best possible care they can.

Loved ones are unable to visit as much as they want – Myth!

This is one of the biggest concerns when putting an individual in care is that you aren’t able to visit them as much as you’d like. But with the correct planning this should not be an issue, when looking at care homes, look at the ones that are closest to you and that you can get to easily, then you won’t have to worry about not seeing your loved one as much.

Once you’re put in a care home independence is lost – Myth!

While many people seem to think that once you get put into a care home, you get chucked in front to the TV and you are just left there. This is not the case. Some people many not want to go outside because they are frail and find going outside to be quite daunting, staff in care homes support people in whatever activities they want to do (this could be them just watching TV!).

Many care homes hold activities in their homes to keep everyone entertained, and they usually go on many days out too!

But many individuals in a care home are allowed out on their own (a risk assessment is needed first) this can include walking to the shops or going to their local pub, they all still have their independence.

Nursing homes are filled with sick people – Myth!

This is a complete misconception. Many people living in a nursing home are quite active and are in good health. Without being given the level of care patients get in a nursing home, their health could decline quite rapidly. Letting individuals move into a care home that gives them a level of health and social support allows seniors to live longer and more fulfilling lives than they would if they had to live on their own.

Care home residents are lonely – Myth!

One of the main benefits of being in a care home is that people are able to socialise on a regular basis, but yet the most common misconception is that everyone is lonely once they are placed in a care home. But this isn’t the case at all the majority of seniors in care homes socialise with other seniors and staff everyday and a lot of care facilities provide pets on a weekly basis.You have also got family that can visit on a daily basis too.

Now, hopefully we’ve successfully debunked some of the most common misconceptions about care homes for you and all of your questions have been answered!

Here at the Midlands Training Company we offer a variety of care courses to give opportunities for staff to expand their knowledge in the care sector for more information click the link: https://www.themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk/care-home-courses/

 

Elderly caregiver tips

Elderly caregiver tips

There are many different types of caregivers. You could be a care assistant in a care home or a nursing home, you may be looking after a friend or relative. Whatever sort of relationship you have with the individual in your care, there will be a lot of challenges that you will have to face that you probably have not dealt with before, and it can be hard to know where to start and what to do.

We’ve put together a few of our top tips on how to be an elderly caregiver.

Take time for yourself

We’ve put this tip first as this is probably the one important. How can you look after another individual when you cant even look after yourself? It can be very easy to get lost in the role as a caregiver, making sure that they are happy, well fed, all medications have been taken etc making you lose track of your own needs. Make sure you give yourself breaks and get your own tasks done. Many caregivers hold down some sort of job or have their own children to look after, which can add additional stress to an already difficult situation.

If you feel like everything is just getting too much perhaps book yourself a holiday or a small break. Look for private care companies who offer live-in care while you are away, just to give yourself some peace in mind for you and the person in care. Private live-in care can be adapted to your personal needs so if the person in care has dementia you can ask for someone who has experience in that department and allow them to take on their job role, while you get time to relax and recharge.

Make a routine

There is no set way to look after someone, everyone looks after people in different ways. But it is important to establish a routine. This will create structure and make you both happier and less stressful. By making a routine it will be easier to keep on top on set meals, administering medication and personal hygiene. For the elderly person it will give them reassurance and will make them happy in the knowledge that the tasks they can no longer do are still getting completed. Seniors love routine and hate unexpected things as this can lead to stress.

Take advantage of community resources

This can make your life a little easier as you wont have as many tasks to think about. Most communities help caregivers and their parents. By asking for community resources it can help make caregiving a little easier.

There are many community resources that can help you such as:

  • Home care aids
  • Meal delivery programmes
  • Transportation and shopping services
  • Hired companions
  • Personal care services

Many organisations that do this are funded through the government which means they are able to give you assistance at a small or no cost.

Make necessary legal changes

If the elderly person in your care is your parent work on the legal documents that they have or want to have such as :

  • Wills
  • Living wills
  • Health care proxy forms
  • Power of attorney
  • Trust and guardianships
  • Do not resuscitate order

Find the important documents like birth certificates, deed to home and insurance policies and make sure they are filed correctly.

Keep a record of bank accounts, social security numbers, credit cards, health and life insurance policies and driver’s’ license. Ensure that all these documents are kept in a safe and secure place such as a safe, where they can be accessed quickly if an emergency arises.

Here at The Midlands Training Company we offer a course which will give you more information and help you to understand your role as a caregiver for more information please click the link here: https://www.themidlandstrainingcompany.co.uk/product/care-understanding-your-role/

Or call us on  02746714 873.

Childhood Illnesses – When to call a doctor

During the early years of a childs life children will pick up LOTS of different bugs. Colds, snuffles, high temperatures, sickness bugs, chicken pox and more.

They also have to go through childhood rites of passage like teething, various immunisations, nappy rashes etc. Add in ear infections, coughs, viral infections (which often come with their own rashes) and it can be quite a miserable time for the little people in your life.

But when should you be worried? When do you need to pick up the phone to your doctor, or take a trip to the walk-in centre? And when is calpol and cuddles enough?

It is important to understand the difference between a cough and cold and serious high temperature. There are simple things you can do to manage your child’s illness.

  1. Make sure you keep watch on your child for any changes. Children can go downhill quite quickly so it’s important to stay with them and keep an eye on them.
  2. If they have a temperature try to keep them cool and hydrated and ensure their temperature doesn’t go too high. You can administer liquid suspension paracetamol and ibuprofen alternately (ALWAYS check dosage instructions) to keep temperatures down.
  3. Try and keep them hydrated (especially if they have a stomach bug) with water.
  4. Keep an eye out for any rashes and changes in childs cry or behaviour.

So, when should you ask for help?

  1. If a temperature goes too high and you are struggling to keep it down. Equally if your child is unusually cold
  2. If a child is overly lethargic or becoming unresponsive.
  3. If the child is dehydrated (not going to the toilet, no wet nappies etc)
  4. If the child has a rash, mottled skin and especially if the rash does not go away when you roll a glass over it.
  5. If the child is struggling to breathe.

If any of the above happens you should contact 999 immediately.

If you are simply unsure at any point you can also call your GP or 111 for advice. NEVER think you are wasting a doctors time. They will always take the time to see and treat a small child and it’s better to be safe than sorry.