What should I do if I think my child has had a concussion?
Immediately seek medical attention. An experienced healthcare professional can determine how serious the concussion is and whether or not any medical treatment is needed, and when it’s safe for your child to return to school and physical activities.
Be alert and cautious for symptoms that worsen.
You should watch your child very carefully in the first 24-48 hours after the injury. If your child experiences any of the following, you should get immediate medical assistance:
- Loses consciousness
- Is extremely sleepy or drowsy and can’t be awakened
- Vomits repeatedly
- Gets a headache that worsens, lasts for a long time, or is severe
- Has weakness, numbness, trouble walking, or decreased coordination
- Has difficulty recognizing familiar people or every day items
- Gets confused very easly
- Slurring their speech or has trouble talking
- Has a seizure (arms or legs shake uncontrollably)
- Cries nonstop and cannot be comforted
- Has any other sudden or unusual change in thinking or behavior
The importance of reporting symptoms of a continued concussion.
studies show that less than 50% of high school athletes will report their concussions. Even when an athlete still feel symptoms, they often feel pressured to sat they don't which is very dangerous and can be life threatening. It is vitally important that parents, coaches, and athletes recognize the signs and symptoms of concussions and encourage honesty in reporting them, Almost all athletes who have died or suffered serious complications from repeated concussions did not report their continued concussion symptoms to anyone.