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  Marjorie Comer   July 8, 2016   Health, Head, Injury, Concussion 0 Comments

Does my child have a concussion?

Velocity Care shares signs and symptoms of a concussion

If you think your child has a concussion, visit a walk-in clinic.It’s a Saturday morning and you are cheering on your child’s team as they take the lead. You watch from the sidelines as your child races toward the goal, only to see him on the ground the next moment from a hit. The coach rushes to your child’s side. He shakily gets to his feet. You wonder: Does he have a concussion?

A concussion occurs when you suffer from a bump or jolt to your head or a hit to your body. A concussion is also called a brain injury. Concussions are a hot topic, especially among young athletes. Many people don’t know the signs of a concussion, the treatment options or when to seek professional care.

Symptoms

It is important to know that concussion signs can be subtle and sometimes may not happen directly after an incident. Concussion symptoms come in two forms: observed and shared.

Observed

  • Person appears dazed and confused.
  • Loss of consciousness.
  • Difficulty recalling events prior to or immediately after the incident.
  • Changes in mood or behavior.
  • Becomes clumsy.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Seizures.

Shared

  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Headache.
  • Ringing in the ears.
  • Tiredness.
  • Bothered by light.

For young children who may not vocally share how they feel, look for these indicators:

  • Listlessness.
  • Loss of interest in favorite toy.
  • Out-of-norm crying.
  • Change in sleep pattern.

Seek care

If you think your child received a concussion while playing in a sporting event, remove him from play. It is better to have your child sit on the bench and be safe than risk further injury.

If your child experiences a head injury, seek the care of a medical professional within 48 hours for treatment. If your child remains alert, then it could be a mild concussion. If the symptoms persist or worsen, visit an urgent care clinic.

Treatment

  • Depending on the circumstances, a doctor may recommend an MRI or CT scan to check for serious injuries. To allow your child’s brain to heal, doctors recommend reducing time watching TV and playing video games.
  • If your child does have a concussion, he or she should not play sports again until cleared by a health care provider.
  • While many medical professionals refer to a concussion as a mild brain injury, it can still have dire consequences, especially if you experience multiple concussions over a period of time.
  • Prevent future injuries by providing a helmet and other proper safety gear for your children. Ensure that the safety gear fits well and teach them to follow best safety practices when participating in sporting events.

Don’t hesitate to seek care, if your loved one suffers from a head injury. You may not know the extent of the damage by simply looking at them.

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