Comprehensive Children's Injury Center

  • Head Injury Clinic

    If your child has received a blow to the head or body and experiences any of the symptoms listed below, it is recommended your child seek further medical attention from a healthcare provider. A qualified healthcare provider will be able to tell if your child has a concussion or not. 

    For more information about concussions and traumatic brain injuries or to make an appointment with the Head Injury Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, please call 513-803-HEAD (4323). 

    Our Approach

    Traumatic brain injury is the highest cause of acquired morbidity and mortality in children. A diverse group at Cincinnati Children’s (Emergency Department, Sports Medicine, Trauma Services, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Behavioral Medicine, Neurology and Neurosurgery) are working together to attack this clinically important topic. The ultimate goal is to improve evidenced-base care and outcomes for all children with head injuries across the institution. Currently, a pool of providers that consists of providers from a variety of divisions sees children with head injuries in the outpatient setting. One pool focuses on seeing concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries while a second pool of providers is developing a multi-disciplinary approach for individuals with more severe injuries.  A new triage system has been developed to correctly identify providers in trauma, physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports medicine, and neurology depending on clinical symptoms.  Below are samples of our graduated return to play and return to activity plans. Our providers will work with each patient to customize a plan and timeframe for your child’s recovery based upon their injury.

    Information about Concussions

    Concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury. They usually are not life-threatening but their effects can be very serious. They can be caused by a bump or blow to the head or body resulting in the brain moving back and forth in the skull. The damaged caused by the brains movement changes how the brain usually functions. A person doesn’t have to play sports to get a concussion. They can happen in a car accident or while playing with friends at recess or at home. 

    Concussion signs and symptoms can show up immediately following the injury, but sometimes do not appear until hours or even days afterwards.

    Common signs and symptoms of a concussion are:

    • Headache
    • Nauseas or vomiting
    • Fuzzy or blurry vision
    • Double vision
    • Dizziness
    • Ringing in the ears
    • Balance problems
    • Sensitivity to light or noise
    • Irritability
    • Sadness
    • Nervousness or anxiety
    • Being more emotional
    • Difficulty thinking clearly
    • Difficulty remembering things before or after the injury
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Feeling slowed down
    • Changes in sleeping pattern
      • Difficulty falling asleep
      • Sleeping more than usual
      • Sleeping less than usual

    Disclaimer: The information provided is not to be used in place of seeking medical attention from a qualified healthcare professional.