In the first 1-2 days after the injury, you should watch your child very carefully and take a concussion very seriously.
What should I do if I think my child has had a concussion?
Seek medical attention right away. A healthcare professional experienced in concussion management can determine how serious the concussion is, if any medical treatment is needed, and when it’s safe for your child to return to school and physical activities including sports.
Be alert for symptoms that worsen.
In the first 1-2 days after the injury, you should watch your child very carefully and take a concussion very seriously. You should seek immediate medical help if your child experiences the following after a Traumatic Brain Injury:
- Loses consciousness
- Is extremely sleepy or drowsy and can’t be awakened
- Projectile or repeated vomiting
- Severe or increased headache that lasts a long time or stiffness in neck
- Has weakness in arms or legs, numbness face or extremities, trouble walking, or decreased coordination
- Has difficulty recognizing familiar people
- Is very confused
- Has trouble talking or slurred speech
- Convulsions and seizures (arms or legs shake uncontrollably)
- Cries nonstop and cannot be comforted
- Has any other sudden or unusual change in thinking or behavior (changes in personality)
- Double vision
- Unequal pupils
- Bleeding/clear fluid from the ear/nose
What can I do to help my child get better?
Even a mild concussion can be very scary and stressful for both you and your child. It’s important to remember to stay calm and that most problems will last for only a short time. Your child should feel better within 24-48 hours and return back to their normal activities (once they have been seen by their healthcare provider).