Be aware of the signs so you’re always prepared
Every year, traumatic brain injuries cause about 2.5 million emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations or deaths in the United States.
Of these ED visits, approximately 250,000 were children facing sports-related head injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
And these injuries aren’t just for high school and professional athletes — school-aged children with developing brains are at a high risk, too. In fact, young children and teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults.
Here’s what parents need to know if their child takes a hit or fall.
Concussion Signs to Watch For
• Dazed, confused or stunned
• Memory loss
• Slow to respond
• Unusually tired
• Unusually sad or irritable
• Nauseous and vomiting
• Double or blurry vision
• Sensitivity to light and/or noise
• Extreme fatigue
• Academic decline
Athletes who have, at any point in their lives, had a concussion have an increased risk for another concussion. If you’re worried about your child, schedule a same-day appointment here.