Signs of Concussion in Children

Many people think that concussions only happen from major trauma to the head. In fact, concussions can occur to anyone and anywhere. Trauma to the head is the cause of concussion, but it can be as minute as hitting your head on something while standing up. The signs of a concussion are generally the same for any age. For younger children, though, you may have to handle the situation differently than dealing with an adult. Common signs of a concussion include nausea, vomiting, headaches, sleep pattern changes, or behavioral changes. Children can become sensitive to light and noise as well. Blurry vision, forgetfulness, dizziness and drowsiness are other examples of symptoms they may face. Sometimes concussion symptoms do not show up right after the injury. It makes diagnosing a concussion difficult considering the time range can be anywhere from immediately to within the next couple days of the injury. Oftentimes, the child may not know how to express to you the symptoms they are feeling. It is very important to monitor your child’s behavior after a known trauma to the head.