Fact: Each year about 173,285 kids (0-19 years) in the US are treated for traumatic brain injuries or concussions from sports or play. Compared to adults, young kids and teenagers require more time to heal from head trauma. (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC)
Since kids love to play and are prone to head trauma, being able to recognize the symptoms becomes vital for parents, caretakers, coaches and teachers.
But before we get to the symptoms of concussions, first things first.
What is a concussion?
According to Web MD it’s a kind of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head, which results to the brain moving or shaking in the skull. It becomes dangerous when the brain hits the skull with a lot of force.
If you know or suspect that your child has sustained head trauma, whether or not he has external head injuries such as cuts and bumps, here are…
Concussion Symptoms to Watch Out For
- Unconsciousness (even for a few minutes)
- Seeing stars, dizziness or light-headedness
- Headaches, neck pains
- Drowsiness and or difficulty in waking your child
- Convulsions, seizures
- A pupil that is bigger than the other
- Difficulty remembering what happened (amnesia), being dazed or confused
- Slurred speech
- Concentration or memory problems
- Being irritable or moody
- Being anxious or nervous
- Being sensitive to light and or noise
- Difficulty in sleeping or changes in sleeping habits (too much or too little sleep)
- Taste or smell disorders
The latter list of symptoms may be observed a few days or weeks after the head trauma. Should your child suffer from the above mentioned, seek professional help immediately.
Concussions are serious brain injuries that can affect your child’s future which is why the NHL Health and Safety has teamed up with many organizations to help educate adults on how to prevent and recognize concussions.
Remember that being active is a big part of childhood. Allow your kiddos to play sports and other outdoor activities but keep them safe with the right gear, and always watch out for these concussion symptoms in case of any head injuries.
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