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Eight Concussion Symptoms in Kids

Kids fall down all the time—and often without consequence. However, sometimes a fall can be more serious. Sometimes a slip or trip can cause a child to hit her head in such a way that she suffered a concussion.

Would You Know If This Happened to Your Child?

It can be difficult for children to tell you that something’s wrong. Some kids may be nonverbal because of their age or medical conditions. Other children may simply not recognize that they have suffered a serious head injury. Accordingly, it is important for parents to watch for signs of concussions in children after every fall.

Parents can’t observe every symptom of a concussion. For example, it is difficult for a parent, or another person, to know if a child is dizzy, nauseous, or tired. However, there are signs of concussions in children that parents may observe which may include:

  • Loss of consciousness.
  • Forgetfulness.
  • Behavior changes.
  • Irritability.
  • Vomiting.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Changes in walking or loss of balance.
  • Changes in sleeping or play patterns.

While one of these symptoms taken alone may not mean that your child has a concussion, it is important to report the symptom to your child’s pediatrician and to have your child examined so that a prompt and proper diagnosis can be made.

If your child does suffer from a concussion, then it is also important to follow her doctor’s orders and to know how to protect her legal rights. For more information about helping your child during this difficult time, please browse our free videos and read our free related links.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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