What Are Signs and Symptoms of Concussion in Children?

Q:
What are signs and symptoms of concussion in children?

A:
In young babies, signs of a concussion can include:

  • crying when you move the baby’s head
  • bump or bruise on the head
  • interruption in the baby’s sleeping habits, either sleeping more or less
  • irritability
  • vomiting

A toddler may be able to indicate when their head hurts and be more vocal about symptoms, which can include:

  • behavior changes
  • excessive crying
  • headache
  • loss of interest in playing or doing their favorite activities
  • nausea or vomiting
  • sleep changes — more or less sleeping

Children older than 2 years may show more behavioral changes, such as:

  • double or blurry vision
  • changes in mood — irritable, sad, emotional, nervous
  • change in sleep patterns
  • confused or forgetful about recent events
  • difficulty sleeping
  • dizziness or balance problems
  • drowsiness
  • looking like they are daydreaming
  • sensitivity to light
  • sensitivity to noise
  • trouble concentrating
  • trouble remembering

If your child is showing any signs of a concussion, especially if they’re vomiting, have lost consciousness for more than a minute or two, are difficult to wake up, or have a seizure, you will need to get medical attention right away.

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* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.