Your child does not have to lose consciousness (pass out) to have a concussion. There are many signs associated with a concussion and your child may not show any symptoms until a few days after the head injury.
Your child may have a headache after the head injury. Other symptoms may include:
- Clumsy movement or dizziness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Memory loss
- Upset stomach
- Vision problems
- Sensitivity to noise and light
- Numbness or tingling anywhere on the body
- Loss of balance or trouble walking
- Mentally foggy, cannot think clearly or remember things
- Slurred speech or other changes in speech
- Irritable or more fussy than usual
- Acts differently than normal (does not play, acts fussy or seems confused)
- More emotional, pehaps very sad or nervous
- Different sleeping patterns
What if my child has these symptoms?
- Your child should be evaluated by a doctor if he shows any signs or symptoms of a concussion.
- Your child should stop all physical activities until his doctor says it is OK to resume them.
- Check on your child often after the injury.
- If you have questions or concerns about how your child looks or feels, call your child's doctor.