Concussion Symptoms

· Symptoms

Concussion refers to the traumatic injury to the brain altering the various brain functions. Concussions are frequently caused by blows to the head and they also happen when there is a violent shaking on both of the head and upper body. Concussions are common and can injure the brain to some extent which will need rest and time for proper healing. Majority of the concussive traumatic brain injuries are classified as mild and the individuals typically have full recovery.

concussionSigns and symptoms of the concussion may be subtle and may not be evident right away. The symptoms may be lasting for days, weeks, or longer. The following are the signs and symptoms of concussion:

• headache or having a feeling of pressure occurring in the head
• consciousness is lost temporarily
• confusion
• amnesia on the traumatic event
• dizziness
• ears are ringing
• nausea and vomiting
• slurring of speech
• response to questions is delayed
• appears dazed
• fatigue

There are some symptoms of concussion which can have delayed or immediate onset by hours or days following an injury and these include the following:

• complaints with regards to memory and concentration
• irritability and changes in personality
• sensitive to noise and light
• disturbances in sleep
• problems with psychological adjustment
• depression
• smell and taste disorders
Among the young kids, head trauma is indeed common however concussions may be hard to be recognized especially with the infants and toddlers since they may not be able to have a description on how they are feeling.

Included in the non-verbal clues of a concussion include:

• appears dazed
• listlessness and easily tires
• irritable
• balance is lost
• unsteady gait
• excessive crying
• sleeping and eating patterns change
• lacking of interest with favorite toys

It is essential to seek medical consult within 1 to 2 days when an injury is experienced even if an emergency care is not necessitated. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to call the doctor of the child for advice if ever the child had received anything that is more than a light head bump.

The child who shows no signs and symptoms of serious head injury, stays alert, has normal movement, and has good response means that the injury may possibly be mild which typically do not require to be tested further. If this is the case, the can be allowed to sleep if desired. When there are worrisome signs that will develop in the later period then it is important to seek emergency care.

The following needs the seeking of emergency care for both the child and the adult who may experience a head injury and have the symptoms:

• repetitious vomiting
• loss of consciousness that lasts more than 30 seconds
• worsening headache over time
• behavioral changes like irritability
• physical coordination changes like clumsiness and stumbling
• disorientation or confusion like difficulty to recognize places or people
• slurring of speech or other speech changes
Other symptoms may include the following:
• seizures
• visual disturbances
• recurrent dizziness
• physical coordination or mental function difficulties
• worsening of symptoms over time
• large bruises or head bumps on areas aside from the forehead in children especially those below 12 months old