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Checking for Signs of Concussion in Young Children

Specialists at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland diagnose and treat concussions in children and adolescents. Prompt recognition of a concussion is crucial to promote recovery. It is not always easy to know if someone has a concussion. Symptoms of a concussion range from mild to severe and can last for hours, days, weeks or even months. Concussion symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Not being able to remember what happened after the injury
  • Acting confused, asking the same question over and over, slurring words, or not being able to concentrate
  • Feeling lightheaded, seeing “stars,” having blurry vision, or experiencing ringing in the ears
  • Not being able to stand or walk, or having coordination and balance problems
  • Feeling nauseated or throwing up
  • Passing out

If your child experiences any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. A healthcare professional will be able to decide when it is safe to return to sports. Always remember to tell your coach or child’s coach about any recent concussions.