To protect your child from head injuries, insist on appropriate and properly fitted protective equipment — such as a helmet — during sports and other activities. However, even the best protective equipment can't prevent all concussions.
You can have a concussion without losing consciousness. Also, a blow to the body that jars the head can result in concussion. Make sure your child's coach knows if your child has had a concussion. Your child shouldn't return to play until he or she has been cleared by a medical professional.
Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Changes in behavior
- Changes in personality
- Difficulty paying attention
- Double or blurry vision
- Feeling sluggish, groggy or dazed
- Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
- Memory problems
- Mood changes
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Sleeping problems
- Slowness in understanding and responding to others
If you think your child has a concussion, seek immediate medical help. Your child's doctor will determine how serious the concussion is and when it's safe for your child to return to sports, school or other activities.
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