How Can I Tell If My Child Has A Concussion?
Concussions can be tricky. Even trained healthcare providers may have a hard time diagnosing concussions because of its varying signs and symptoms. The majority of the time, concussions don’t show up on CT scans or MRIs. But just because a CT scan or MRI is negative, does not rule out a concussion. Keep in mind: most of the time concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness.
Concussion may have several signs visible to those familiar with an individual who’s recently experienced a blow to the head. There are many subtle signs that can point towards a concussion. Sometimes your teammates, coaches, or parents may be the ones to recognize these signs. Getting a concussion feels different for every person that experiences it. Symptoms differ drastically from person to person.
Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion:
(observed by you)
(reported by your child)
|• Forgets events before the injury||• Concentration or memory problems|
|• Forgets events after the injury||• Dizziness or lightheadedness|
|• Behavior or personality change||• Sensitivity to light or noise|
|• Loses consciousness, even briefly||• Change in sleep pattern|
|• Appears to be dazed or stunned||• Double or fuzzy vision|
|• Is confused about assignments||• Feeling “foggy”|
|• Answers questions slowly||• Headache|
|• Moves clumsily||• Nausea|