A concussion can happen at any age, and as a parent, it’s important for you to know the signs and symptoms. A child might suffer a concussion during a simple fall, a sports activity, or a car accident. Any direct blow to the head, face, or neck or elsewhere on the body with an “impulsive” force that jars the head can cause this type of brain injury.
If your child has sustained a concussion, they might exhibit behavior changes and specific signs, such as:
- balance problems
- double or blurry vision
- sensitivity to light and noise
- looking like they’re daydreaming
- trouble concentrating
- trouble remembering
- confused or forgetful about recent events
- slow to answer questions
- changes in mood — irritable, sad, emotional, nervous
- change in sleep patterns
- difficulty sleeping
Concussions temporarily affect brain function and require time to heal. It’s important for a child to rest from school, activities, and sports until symptoms subside. Another blow to the head while the initial concussion is healing can result in permanent brain damage. Adhere to the saying, “when in doubt, sit it out” to prevent repeated concussions.
When to see a doctor:
Always err on the safe side in regards to a brain injury! It’s a good idea to get a bump on the head checked out.
As long as your little one did not experience a loss of consciousness, nausea or vomiting as a result of head injury, our urgent care center is a good place to seek care. We can perform quick diagnostics and determine the appropriate level of care.