Baltimore - The signs and symptoms of a concussion may be easy to miss. According to the Mayo Clinic the symptoms can last just a short time or in some cases days or weeks.
If your child gets hurt and is unconscious, clearly you need to get medical treatment for him or her, but often a hit on the head does not cause a person to lose consciousness. If your child gets hit on the head, apply ice to the area and watch them carefully for the symptoms below.
The most common symptoms are confusion and amnesia. The amnesia could happen even if you don't lose consciousness after getting hurt. So if you do get hit in the head, look for these signs:
Ringing in the ears
Nausea or vomiting
And remember not all symptoms will show up right after you get hurt. So pay attention to the messages your body is sending days after getting hit in the head or hitting your head on something.
Things like memory loss, sensitivity to light or noise and a disruption in sleep can occur hours even days after suffering a concussion.
Concussions can happen to people of all ages. It's not uncommon for infants and toddlers to take a tumble so the Mayo Clinic says it's important to note the following symptoms in infants and toddlers: tiring easily, cranky, change in sleep or eating, lack of interest in toys, and unsteady walking.
The biggest question every parent has for any doctor is "when should I see a doctor?" Some blows to the head can cause serious injuries so you should see a doctor right away if you have a prolonged headache or dizziness, vision problems (including dilated pupils), nausea or vomiting, ringing in the ears or loss of smell or taste.
As for children, the American Academy of Pediatrics says you should call your child's doctor for advice if your child gets anything more than a light bump on the head. Your child's behavior after getting hurt will be an indication that there is something wrong. Things like loss of consciousness, vomiting, headache, confusion, a bloody nose and slurred speech are all things you should talk to the doctor about immediately.
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