Brain & Memory | Children
July 10, 2015

Video: Do you know the top signs of concussion in children?

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Spot the symptoms of concussions immediately — and learn what to do next.

 

Traumatic brain injuries account for nearly a quarter of all sports-related injuries in the United States. Know the signs and symptoms of concussions to keep your child safe.

Concussion Signs and Symptoms in Children

Young athletes are more susceptible to the effects of a concussion because their brains are still developing. The following symptoms may indicate a concussion:

  • Headache
  • Pressure in the head
  • Neck pain
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Balance problems
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Feeling slowed down or “in a fog”
  • “Don’t feel right”
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Confusion
  • Drowsiness
  • Trouble falling asleep
  • More emotional irritability
  • Sadness
  • Nervousness or anxiety

If your child exhibits one or more of these symptoms, visit the emergency room or urgent care. Want to be proactive? Consider baseline pre-concussion testing for your child.

 

Sports Medicine, Middle Childhood, Tweens, Teens

2 thoughts on “Video: Do you know the top signs of concussion in children?”

  1. Daria J says:

    My daughter, 15, got a concussion two weeks ago while playing volleyball. We didn’t realize it until a day later. Is it possible to still get a baseline? She had a severe headache the next day and as the week progresses her headaches for better to having none five days later. She hasn’t, fortunately, had a game since, so she’s been able to rest. She plays again this weekend. How do I know if she is ready or healed?

    1. Linda Zettler says:

      Daria – I checked with our clinic, and the baseline test must be done when a student-athlete is completely healthy, and not suffering from any symptoms related to a concussion.
      If your daughter has had a concussion, she must be cleared by a physician before she can return to her sport. – Linda

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