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Concussion Symptoms in Children

Pediatrics and Child Health

A concussion is considered to be the most minor type of brain injury but even so, whether in the child or adult is taken very seriously. A concussion is caused by a blow to the head and considering the accidents of toddlers and children as they are growing it’s not surprising how they happen. Sports injuries are common in older children as well and unfortunately some of those wind up being concussion.

Concussion symptoms in children may vary but there a few signs that should lead you to suspect concussion. If you know your child has suffered a blow to the head and has lost consciousness you should seek medical attention immediately. If your child’s behavior has changed and he seems dazed or is unsteady while walking after a fall, it’s pretty likely he did strike his head and has suffered a concussion.

Concussion symptoms in children differ from child to child and some concussion symptoms may be so vague that they are difficult to determine. Immediately after a fall or other accident the child may lose consciousness, be in a daze and unresponsive or have a seizure or convulsions. Your child does not necessarily have to actually have a blow to the head to get a concussion. Severe shaking of the head produces the same result.

Concussion Symptoms in Children May Show Up Later

Some concussion symptoms in children might be seen immediately while others might not be revealed for weeks. The child may experience nausea, vomiting, headache, sleepiness and lethargy, dizziness, ringing or buzzing in the ears, mood changes, and an increased inability to focus or pay attention. All of these concussion symptoms could be seen in your child or just a few.

If your child is very young it’s more difficult to determine what their symptoms are since they can’t tell you. You will simply have to observe your child closely and make note of any unusual behavior and report to your physician if you suspect your child has had a concussion. The child may cry more or not at all or may be very drowsy and difficult to awaken or will not be able to sleep at all.

Always go to the emergency room if your child’s condition seems to worsen, even several days after the initial injury. If the child is difficult to awaken, walking is unsteady, is crying continuously, or will not eat, you should seek medical care. Mental confusion, pinkish or bloody drainage from the nose or ears, continued vomiting or apparent visual problems could be serious concussion symptoms.

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