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
Feeling tired or having no energy
Easily upset or angered
Nervous or anxious
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.