Does my child have a concussion?

Any force that causes the brain to move around inside the skull can potentially cause a concussion. This can happen by a direct hit to the head or indirectly through a hit to the body that causes the head to move back and forth or side-to-side.

You should consider your child to have a concussion if your child has had an impact that caused a sudden jerk to the neck or head—EVEN if they don’t show any immediate signs of having a concussion.

If you suspect your child has a concussion you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Does your child have signs and symptoms of a concussion?

Signs and symptoms of a concussion can be delayed for several hours or even days following an incident. Signs and symptoms consistent with concussion include:

Thinking / Remembering Physical Emotional / Mood Sleep

Not thinking clearly

Feeling slowed down

Unable to concentrate

Unable to remember new information


Fuzzy or blurry vision

Nausea and vomiting


Sensitivity to light or noise

Balance problems

Feeling tired or having no energy

Easily upset or angered


Nervous or anxious

More emotional

Sleeping more

Sleeping less

Having a hard time falling asleep

If your child is showing any of these signs and symptoms then you should take your child to the doctor to investigate further. If your child has had a past concussion incident, even a minor hit to the head or body can trigger symptoms.

For more information on recognizing a concussion take the Concussion Awareness Course for Parents.

Red Flag Symptoms

If your student shows any of the following Red Flag Symptoms call 911 immediately.

  • Neck pain
  • Increased confusion or irritability
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Seizure or convulsion
  • Weakness in arms/legs
  • Tingling or burning in arms/legs
  • Deteriorating consciousness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe or increasing headache
  • Change in behavior
  • Double vision