Concussion

Concussions usually occur after a fall which causes a blow to the head. Symptoms of a mild concussion include headache and nausea. If, following a blow to the head, the child loses consciousness, suffers severe headache, vomits or is confused, seek medical assistance.

Patients with a mild concussion are typically sent home. The symptoms (dizziness, headache, nausea) may persist for several days.

At home, monitor the level of consciousness in the patient. Being able to participate in normal conversation and knowing the right answers to simple questions confirm that there is no cause for concern. On the first night after the injury, the patient should be woken up once at 2 to 3 am. If the patient wakes up and is able to answer simple questions, there is no cause for concern.

Although any movements may make the above-mentioned symptoms worse, the patient should be up and about on the first day after the injury. However, start slowly and increase physical activity gradually.

Take analgesics only according to your physician's orders.

Seek medical assistance, if the symptoms (headache, nausea and vomiting) become worse or the patient is drowsy or confused about the time or place.