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!

The information on 30Seconds.com is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal healthcare provider.

Concussion Concerns: The Protecting Student Athletes From Concussions Act

Winter Car Safety: Turn Wipers Off Before Turning Off Your Car (Here's Why!)

Heat Your Home Safely: Important Winter Safety Tips From the Red Cross to Prepare for Cooler Weather

How to Remove Snow Safely: 10 Safety Tips You Need to Read Now!

Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
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!

join discussion

Please login to comment.

recommended tips

Kids & Heart Health: Here Are 4 Ways to Instill Heart-Healthy Habits in Your Children

Birth Weight Linked to Childhood Allergies: Baby's Growth Before Birth May Affect Allergy Risk

Button Batteries & Kids: Safety Precautions & Symptoms of Battery Ingestion in Children

Mom & Dad, Is Your Teenager Vaping? Here Are 7 Signs Your Teen Might Be Using E-cigarettes

Got 30 seconds? Sign up for 30Seconds.com and get the best of our tips each week!