Hospital Resources

  • Concussion Injury Questions

    Question: I keep hearing about kids getting concussion injuries. What do I need to know about concussions?

    SYMPTOMS

    Common ones include headaches, confusion, memory difficulties, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, irritability and vision problems.

    WHAT TO DO

    If you think your child has a concussion, follow the rule of thumb: “When in doubt, sit them out” from activities and sports. Children should never return to play on the same day the injury occurred.

    Treatment involves monitoring and rest. In these initial days after injury, children commonly require more sleep than usual.

    If your child’s symptoms severely worsen (such as severe headaches, increasing confusion and repeated episodes of vomiting) in the hours following the injury, go to the emergency department for evaluation.

    RETURN TO SPORTS

    It is safe to gradually return to sports when symptoms go away, your child is acting back to normal and you have a qualified health care provider monitoring your child’s activity.

 
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    For concussions, follow the rule of thumb "When it doubt, sit them out."

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  • Get the Facts

    A concussion is a head injury that causes a temporary loss of brain function. It can occur without blacking out or losing consciousness.