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.