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(KTVI)- Concussions have been a big topic of discussion, especially for kids in sports. Now there are some new recommendations for kids suffering concussions. Dr. Raman Malholtra, SLUCare Neurologist explains.

Experts recommend that young people who have suffered a concussion get one or two days of rest at home. But it does confirm that resting for longer than 24 to 48 hours is not beneficial for most young patients and suggests that 'cocoon therapy' which entails mostly lying in a dark room for multiple days; should not be recommended for most young people with mild traumatic brain injury.

The study found that those with a concussion who were prescribed strict rest for five days by staff members of an emergency department actually reported more symptoms than those told to rest for one or two days.

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