Concussions and Your Child’s Head

Head injuries are very common especially in younger children. But, concussions in older children can also be difficult to spot because children tend to shrug off symptoms like confusion or even feeling like in a fog. In toddlers, dizziness, seizures or even loss of consciousness could occur. A head injury in an older child can also result in permanent damage or a condition that may lead to death. The long term health consequences are not yet fully understood but it's believed that a person who suffered a concussion might have a higher chance of developing Alzheimer's or dementia later in life. Some doctors also say that it might increase the likelihood of depression. Children who suffer concussions tend to lose their appetite. They may also feel run down or have problems concentrating. A child may also become irritable or have tantrums when things don't go their way.

Mild concussions are typically only seen in sports and in children playing contact sports. Sports players who sustain a mild concussion may still go to the football field or play tennis in a gym. But when children suffer a major head injury, they may no longer remember simple tasks like walking to the fridge or opening the door for you. They may also have trouble sleeping or have trouble staying awake.Many adults also suffer from minor head injuries and concussions such as getting hit by a car while walking down the street or while at work. Adults who sustain minor concussions may not notice any symptoms such as headaches or nausea. But those who sustain major concussions may experience severe headaches, blurry vision, memory loss and even temporary blindness.

If you have sustained a concussion or have any questions or concerns, contact a doctor immediately so he or she can advise you on what action you should take and what medical attention you should seek. You might find out that you need to get tested for a more serious condition such as traumatic brain injury. Your doctor might recommend a CT scan, MRI, or perhaps an examination by a specialist to make sure there are no further brain injuries that were not identified by your first test. In general, concussions are relatively rare in the sporting world but you should not ignore them if you have any questions about your sports injuries. In most cases, the symptoms will disappear within 24 hours. The sooner you seek medical attention, the better your chance of recovery.