A concussion is a brain injury that has effects on normal brain function. Shock or blow to the head causes Concussion in children. Most of the time, there are no external signs of head injury. It doesn’t always involve a loss of consciousness. Symptoms of concussion in children are similar to adult concussion symptoms. Let us see what are the causes, symptoms, and treatment for concussion.
WHAT CAUSES A CONCUSSION?
Concussion in children can be caused by a blow to the head, such as:
- Falling from a height,
- Car accident,
- During a Fight,
- Sports injury, or
- Head struck with a hard object.
WHEN TO CALL A PEDIATRICS CLINIC?
When you see the following concussion symptoms, call your child’s pediatrician immediately. The Pediatrician may recommend treating the symptoms at home, set up an appointment to see your child or ask you to send your child to the hospital’s emergency ward.
Common Symptoms of Concussion in Children:
The following are the symptoms of concussion in children.
- Your child struck a hard object with the head but did not lose consciousness
- Dizziness after head injury
- Loss of memory for a few minutes
- Slight headache with no vision disturbances.
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Go to an emergency department, if you see the following concussion symptoms in your child:
- A fall from the height or a hard fall onto a hard surface or object which results in bleeding
- When a child loses consciousness as the result of a head injury.
- Prolonged loss of consciousness (longer than two minutes)
- Vomiting more than once
- Confusion, Discomfort, or anxiety
- Extreme drowsiness, weakness, or inability to walk
- Severe headache
- Loss of memory
- Seizures or convulsions
- Unclear speech
POST CONCUSSION SYNDROME
Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder in which various symptoms — such as headaches and dizziness — last for weeks and sometimes months after the injury that caused the concussion.
In most children, the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome occur within the first week of injury and go away within three to six months. At times, they can continue for a year or more. The objective of concussion treatment is to effectively manage the symptoms of concussion in children.
WHEN DO YOU NEED TO GO FOR CONCUSSION TREATMENT?
It is preferred to call or visit your child’s pediatrician at his Pediatrics Clinic for treatment. He may recommend you to follow the following things:
- Bed rest,
- Keep the child hydrated with the fluids,
- A pain killer.
- Ice may also be applied to relieve pain, and it can also decrease swelling of the bump.
- Cuts are numbed with medication, by injection or topical application. The cut is then cleansed thoroughly with an iodine solution.
The pediatrician will explore the injury to look for foreign matter and hidden injuries, and then gives the proper treatment to relieve the concussion symptoms. Federal Way Pediatric Associates has the best pediatrician, who can best deal with your child and examines your child’s health with the latest assessment and evaluation procedures for concussion in children.