Concussion in children: what you need to know
Concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that may alter the way your child’s brain functions. 1 Despite the idea that concussion isn’t serious, it can cause substantial difficulties or impairments that can last a lifetime. #ConcussionAware poster factsheets for your school or home can be downloaded by clicking the links below.
- #ConcussionAware poster factsheet for schools (boy) (303k)
- #ConcussionAware poster factsheet for schools (girl) (280k)
Symptoms of concussionIt is important to remember that a child doesn’t have to experience a loss of consciousness for them to have had a concussion. They may remain conscious, but feel dazed. Complications after a concussion can include a blood clot in the brain and can be fatal so it’s important that symptoms are not ignored. 1 Some signs a child may have concussion:
- sleep disturbances or drowsiness
- nausea and vomiting
- poor balance or coordination
- visual problems
- sensitivity to light or noise
- mentally foggy
- difficulty concentrating/remembering
- nervousness 3
What to do following a concussionIf you suspect a child has had a concussion they should stop any physical activity, such as playing, and you should seek professional help. Remember, your child could still have a concussion even if they have not passed out or had a loss of consciousness. If you think your child has a concussion:
- Remove them from play.
- Get child assessed by GP/medic.
- Ensure they rest and take some time away from physical activities (sports and playing) and cognitve activities (such as school work or reading) to allow for recovery.
- When symptoms completely resolve, the child should be seen by their GP or medic before they return to play. 2