Concussion Symptoms in Children

Concussion Symptoms in Children

What are some of the common signs of concussions in children?

Symptoms of a concussion in children

Symptoms of a concussion in babies

In young babies (ages 0-2), signs of a concussion can include:

  • Sensitivity and crying when you move the baby's head
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  • changes in the baby's sleeping habits, either sleeping more or less
  • vomiting
  • physical signs (bump or bruise on the head)

Symptoms of a concussion in toddlers

A toddler (ages 2-3) may be able to communicate when their head hurts and be more vocal about symptoms, which can include:

  • headache
  • nausea or vomiting
  • behavior changes
  • sleep changes — more or less sleeping
  • excessive crying
  • loss of interest in playing or doing their favorite activities

Symptoms of a concussion in older children

Older children may show more behavioral changes, such as:

  • dizziness or balance problems
  • double vision, blurry vision or seeing stars
  • sensitivity to light and noise
  • Unequal pupils
  • looking like they’re daydreaming (spacing out)
  • trouble concentrating
  • trouble remembering normal tasks
  • confused or forgetful about recent events
  • slow to answer questions
  • changes in mood — irritable, sad, emotional, nervous
  • drowsiness (tires easily)
  • change in sleep patterns (more or less)
Dr Sravani Mehta.

Dr Sravani Mehta.

MD

Dr. Sravani Mehta is a board certified physician in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, with sub specialties in Brain Injury Medicine.

Dr. Mehta treats patients with any sort of mobility impairment (anything from arthritis to stroke) affecting gait or causing limitation with ADLs such as dressing, bowel/bladder, bathing, eating/feeding, and social interaction affecting an individual’s quality of life. She work with patients, in conjunction with other providers, diligently overseeing restorative modalities (such as PT/OT/SLT/TR), while trying to limit use of medication, if possible. She has additional expertise in optimizing mobility in patients over 65 utilizing wearable technology to make sure patients are responding to these treatment plans.

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