Published on October 16, 2017

Signs of a Concussion in Children

Child Fell of ScooterFirst and foremost, it is important to understand what a concussion is and the signs and symptoms of the condition. A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Symptoms of concussion that parents should be aware of include:

  • the child appearing dazed
  • stunned
  • confused about events
  • answering questions slowly
  • repeating questions
  • becoming irritable easily
  • having difficulty recalling events prior to the injury or losing consciousness (even briefly)

Over time, sufferers of a concussion may exhibit behavior or personality changes, experience changes in sleep or forget class schedules and assignments.

As your child recovers from a concussion, it’s important to let them return to normal activities at their own pace. Cone Health neurology specialists work with parents and local schools to develop a “return to learn” plan for each patient that will help them slowly build up their activity levels. Since those who have suffered a concussion can have difficulty concentrating, can feel slow or unable to focus, accommodations can help them learn while they heal.

Dr. William Hickling, a pediatric neurologist at Cone Health Child Neurology, spoke on Fox 8 House Call about kids and concussions.