Head Injuries in Children: How to Tell If It's a Concussion by Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP


Head Injuries in Children: How to Tell If It's a Concussion

Concussions can happen anytime, but the addition of snow and ice can make winter sports and activities extra precarious. The number of reported concussions has doubled in the last 10 years, and one in five athletes will experience one this year. It’s always cause for concern when someone hits their head, but some concussions require additional attention. Here’s what to look for:

Seek emergency care immediately if:

  1. They lose consciousness.
  2. They’re vomiting.
  3. They’re hard to wake up.
  4. They have a seizure.

Other signs are harder to track, and may happen hours after the injury. These symptoms require a closer look by a provider:

  1. A headache or pressure in their head.
  2. Dizziness, nausea or balance problems.
  3. Trouble paying attention.
  4. Memory problems.
  5. Change in behavior.
  6. Changes in sleep patterns.

Take concussions seriously and contact your health care provider if you’re worried your child is showing signs of head trauma!

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Elisa Schmitz
Concussions are scary. My son played football and lacrosse. I told him if he ever got a concussion, that would be it - no more football or lacrosse. Thankfully, it never happened. But I was worried every time he played. Thanks for this great info, Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP !
Gregg Halstead
Thanks for the tips, Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP . We've got a kid who's had a few concussions too Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds . And he doesn't even play football!

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