If your child might have had a concussion, go to the emergency room if you see any of these symptoms:

• Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head

• Nausea or vomiting

• Balance problems or dizziness

• Trouble walking

• Double or blurry vision

• Sensitivity to light or noise

• Feeling sluggish, groggy or dazed

• Difficulty paying attention

• Memory problems

• Confusion and saying things that don’t make sense

• Slurred speech

• Slowness in understanding and responding to others

• Sleeping problems

• Mood changes

• Changes in behavior

• Changes in personality


Seek immediate medical help. Your child’s doctor will determine how serious the concussion is and when it’s safe for your child to return to sports, school or other activities. Head injuries take time to heal. Children should rest from both physical and mental (cognitive) activities for a day or two after a concussion and then return to activities gradually as their symptoms allow.


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