How to recognize a concussion in your child
3/3/2016 9:16 AM
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Concussions are often related to sports injuries. In fact, coaches are now mandated by state law to have a child examined and cleared for activity after presenting symptoms of a concussion.
Parents are often surprised at what is considered a concussion because a person doesn’t necessarily have to pass out to have one.
Here are some of the signs that your child has experienced a concussion:
· They seem dazed
· Blurred vision
· Can’t remember the event
· Loss of consciousness
· Prolonged headache (can last for days)
If your child presents these symptoms after a traumatic event, they need to be examined by a physician. They don’t necessarily need a CT scan, but they do need to be evaluated.
For more useful health tips, visit Central Texas Medical Center’s YouTube channel atYouTube.com/CTMCSanMarcos.
About the Author
Sue Ann Harrison, MD, is a pediatrician at Corridor Primary Care in San Marcos, Texas.