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What are signs that my child might have a concussion?

Christopher Giza, MD
Pediatrics
Any loss of consciousness caused by mechanical force (fall, collision, etc) should be considered a sign of concussion. Other observable signs that may indicate concussion include loss of memory, confusion or disorientation, vomiting, holding one’s head, slurred speech, clumsiness and an inability to walk steadily. It is also important to watch for “red flags” such as unconsciousness, persistent memory loss or confusion, seizure, worsening headaches, repeated vomiting, severe neck pain or paralysis. These symptoms are rare but may indicate a more serious injury requiring more immediate attention.
If your child is participating in a sport, or otherwise has a blow to the head that results in a change in the level of consciousness or loss of consciousness, it's important to seek medical care. Change of level of consciousness would include saying strange things, not making sense, loss of memory, anything that seems abnormal from a cognitive point of view. So every loss of consciousness or change of level of consciousness after a blow to the head should absolutely require that you visit your health-care provider.

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