How to spot concussion in kids

Pay attention to changes in your child after a fall or accident

Children usually are treated for concussion if they are in a major car accident or had a serious fall or hit to the head. However, less obvious head injuries can be more difficult to see. A child may show fewer symptoms and even have a scan that shows no sign of injury. Symptoms may not emerge for days or weeks. What concussion signs should parents look for?

“You don’t have to lose consciousness to have a concussion. It’s all about the symptoms,” said Ian S. Mutchnick, M.D., pediatric neurosurgeon with Norton Neuroscience Institute. “Anything emanating out of your central nervous system can be the result of a head injury.”

It’s important to pay close attention to your child, how they change over time, and how they are affected by mental and physical activities. Red flags can emerge in four areas: physical, mental, behavioral and sleep.

“Every child is different, and every head injury is different,” Dr. Mutchnick said.

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