What are the symptoms of a concussion?
A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury that results in a temporary disruption in the way the brain normally functions
While concussions are considered a mild form of brain injury, the effects of a concussion can be serious and warrant appropriate medical attention to optimize recovery.
Concussions can happen in contact related sports, such as football, non-contact related sports, such as cheerleading and even outside of organized sports. For example, riding a bike without a helmet could result in a concussion.
Concussion symptoms are unique to each individual. In fact, even if you have had a concussion before, your second concussion can present with different symptoms than the first.
If you believe your child has a traumatic brain injury or concussion, call your child's doctor immediately.
Common symptoms of concussions include
- Pressure in head
- Balance difficulties
- Sensitivity to light/noise
- Vision problems
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty remembering
- Feeling slowed down
- Feeling foggy/sluggish
- Slowed response time
- Difficulty thinking
- Clearly confusion
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Difficulty staying asleep
- Sleeping more than usual
- Sleeping less than usual
- Feeling more emotional
- Loss of interest in activities
In infants and toddlers, you may notice:
- Changes in play or loss of interest in favorite activities
- Excessive crying (more than usual/child can't be consoled)
- Listlessness (child feels floppy in your arms)
- Loss of new skills such as walking or toilet training
- Refusal to eat or nurse
- Swelling of scalp or soft spot