The most common symptoms of concussion include:
- Headache. (This is the most common symptom.)
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Temporary loss of consciousness.
- Balance problems/dizziness/lightheadedness.
- Double or blurry vision.
- Ringing in the ears.
- Sensitivity to light and noise.
- Feeling tired or drowsy.
- Changes in sleep patterns (sleeping much more or less than usual or can’t sleep).
- Trouble understanding and/or concentrating.
- Depression or sadness.
- Being irritable, nervous, and anxious.
- Feelings of being “just not right” or in a "fog."
- Difficulty paying attention, forgetful, memory loss.
It’s very common for infants and toddlers to hit their head. Concussions in these little ones can be difficult to diagnose because they can’t say how they feel. Look for these signs of concussion in children:
- Bumps on the head.
- Being irritable, cranky.
- Will not eat or nurse.
- Change in sleep pattern, sleepy at unusual times.
- More fussy than usual, won’t stop crying despite being comforted.
- Blank stare.
It’s always best to call your pediatrician if your child experiences a bump to their head. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you call your doctor for anything more than a mild head bump.