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Apr, 2016

Concussion Headaches

What is a Concussion?

Any jolt or blow to the head that causes bruising, bleeding, swelling or shearing may result in a traumatic brain injury/concussion.  The blow could occur in a fall, car accident, athletic activity or assault. Contact your doctor immediately to be evaluated if you believe you or your child have suffered a concussion. 

Signs and Symptoms:

If you believe your child has a traumatic brain injury or concussion, call your child's doctor immediately. Some common symptoms include:

Physical symptoms

  • Dizziness
  • Balance trouble
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Numbness/tingling
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Visual problems
  • Vomiting

Cognitive symptoms 

  • Change in school performance
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Feeling confused about recent events
  • Feeling foggy
  • Feeling dazed/stunned
  • Forgetfulness
  • Repeating questions
  • Slow response time

Emotional symptoms 

  • Irritability
  • Increased emotions
  • Loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Sadness
  • Nervousness

Sleep/energy symptoms

  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep

In infants and toddlers, you may notice:

  • Changes in play or loss of interest in favorite activities
  • Excessive crying (more than usual/child can't be consoled)
  • Listlessness (child feels floppy in your arms)
  • Loss of new skills such as walking or toilet training
  • Refusal to eat or nurse
  • Swelling of scalp or soft spot

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