It's important to know the signs and symptoms related to concussions. Learn what to look for after a head injury.
You’ve probably heard of a concussion, but do you know what it technically means? A concussion isn’t just a bump on the head. It’s a brain injury. MedlinePlus describes it as It is a short loss of normal brain function as a result of an injury to the head. Concussions are common with impact sports, but can occur with any kind of blow to the head, including from an accidental fall.
While it’s important to watch for symptoms directly after a blow to the head, it’s also crucial to understand that symptoms can persist for days, or even weeks. Kids and adolescents, older adults, and those who have previously experienced concussion may recover more slowly.
In addition to familiarizing yourself with general symptoms, memorize these danger signs and seek medical attention immediately if they’re observed.
- Severe headache that will not go away
- Problems with coordination
- Weakness or numbness
- Vomiting or persistent nausea
- Problems with speech
- Difficulty staying awake or unconsciousness, even brief loss of consciousness
- Uneven pupils
- Seizures or convulsions
- Severe confusion or agitation, including memory loss
In small children, look for those symptoms as well as persistent, inconsolable crying or unwillingness to nurse or eat.
If you or another individual experiences any of these symptoms after a blow to the head or in the days or weeks following, seek medical attention immediately. When dealing with injuries to the brain, it’s always best to be cautious and get checked out by a doctor for complications that could lead to death or disability.
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