How do I know if my child has a concussion?
A. Concussions are temporary brain injuries that can affect memory, balance, speech, reflexes, judgment and coordination. Concussions are common, especially in kids who play contact sports such as football, and are usually caused by a blow to the head. Some are so mild that a child might not even notice-but no matter how minor, concussions require time and rest to heal properly. Symptoms include confusion, headache, dizziness, amnesia, ringing in the ears, nausea or vomiting, slurred speech, fatigue, memory or concentration problems, sensitivity to light and noise, sleep problems, irritability and depression. If your child is symptom free after the injury, monitor him or her for 24 hours, especially during physical activity. Contact a physician if your child has any of the symptoms listed here.
Patricia A. Tonkowicz, MD, PhD
Rock Hill Pediatric Associates