Dr. Saad Saad, a highly respected U.S. board certified pediatric surgeon who is based out of Eatontown, New Jersey, discusses two major issues parents have concerning their children’s health as their children head back to school. The first issue has to do with sports-related concussions. Dr. Saad Saad reports that repeated blows to the head from playing football or from heading a soccer ball may result in long-term memory loss, dementia and other serious health issues. Read more: When a Child Swallows a Foreign Object – Advice by Dr. Saad Saad and Life Lessons from Dr. Saad Saad, Pediatric Surgeon
More exactly, a concussion is a traumatic brain injury sustained as a result of a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. However, it may also result from a hit to the body that causes the head to move back and forth rapidly, which results in brain cell damage.
Signs of a possible concussion includes: one pupil becoming larger than the other, drowsiness or inability to wake up, a worsening headache that won’t go away; weakness, numbness, slurred speech, or decreased coordination; nausea or vomiting; convulsions or seizures; restlessness, unusual behavior, agitation, or increased confusion; loss of consciousness. Learn more about Dr. Saad Saad: https://www.healthgrades.com/physician/dr-saad-saad-ys6d8 and https://doctor.webmd.com/doctor/saad-saad-md-3d5f8ce5-a764-4c86-b201-e50ec51cd7f2-overview
Dr. Saad Saad advises that children engaged in sports take preventative measures to prevent head and brain injuries, such as by wearing a properly fitted helmet. The helmet should be age-appropriate in size, worn consistently and correctly, and certified for use in the given sport engaged in.
The second issue concerns whether parents should allow their children to be vaccinated. Dr. Saad Saad encourages parents to get their children vaccinated and is in total agreement with the position of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians, who believes that “immunizations are one of the most effective strategies we have for preventing disease” and that “immunization is essential to preventing the spread of contagious diseases,” respectively.
Dr. Saad believes that vaccines are just as essential as car seats, baby gates, and outlet covers in that it has the potential to save the life of countless children. Dr. Saad Saad gives 5 reasons in support for vaccination of children: vaccines have either eradicated many serious diseases or have come close to doing; vaccines are extremely safe as they are given only after they have been studied for a long time; vaccines help to protect all children by preventing the spread of disease; vaccines save parents time and money in the sense that sick kids require parents to stay home to care for their sick child, involve expensive medical costs, and even possible long-term disability care; and vaccines help to protect future children from diseases that have killed or disabled people in the past simply by continuing to vaccinate against them.
Dr. Saad Saad has had a distinguished 40-year career in pediatric surgery during which he performed thousands of the most complex pediatric surgeries while serving as the Surgeon-in-Chief and the Co-Medical Director of K. Hovnanian Children Hospital in New Jersey.
Dr. Saad Saad has also served as pediatric surgeon for the Saudi Royal family. During the course of his career, he has made eight Medical Missions to Jerusalem to perform complex surgeries on destitute children for free.