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Concussion

A concussion is an injury to the brain that affects how the brain works normally. It can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Even what may seem like a mild bump can cause a concussion. It may also occur by a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth.
 
Among those who are at the highest risk for concussions are children and adolescents. This risk is greatest during physical activities, such as at recess or during physical education class or sports practices. Because concussions can have a serious effect on a young, developing brain, it's important to recognize the symptoms promptly to prevent further injury.
 
Some common signs of a concussion include:
 
  • One pupil that is larger than the other
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • A dazed or stunned look
  • Confusion about events
  • Answering questions slowly
  • Difficulty recognizing people or places
  • Losing consciousness
  • Changes in behavior or personality
  • Headache that gets worse and doesn't go away
  • Repeated nausea or vomiting
  • Problems with balance
  • Double vision.
 
Because you can't necessarily see a concussion, it is important to watch for any potential signs or symptoms. These can show up right after an injury or may not appear for hours or days after the injury.
 
Seek immediate medical attention if your child displays any of these signs, or if symptoms become worse over time. Treatment will mainly consist of allowing your child's brain some time to heal, such as by limiting physical and mental activities.
 
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