What should I do if I have a concussion?
Most symptoms of a concussion can set in within a day, week or even months. These are some things to look out for;
- brief loss of consciousness after the injury
- memory problems
- drowsiness or feeling
- double vision or blurred vision
- nausea or vomiting
- sensitivity to light or noise
- balance problems
- slowed reaction to stimuli
The best help for yourself or someone you know with a concussion is to find a concussion doctor or someone who specializes in concussions. Most people recover from their concussions, it takes different amounts of time for everyone. Some people it takes a few months with long last symptoms such as headaches and nausea. Others will recover and feel better in a matter of a few weeks. In the US 1.6-3.8 million concussions occur pre year. This is defined as trauma induced alteration in mental status (not thinking right.) Those who have experienced a concussion with loss of consciousness are 6 times more likely to have another concussion.
- Having the child get plenty of rest. Keep a regular sleep schedule, including no late nights and no sleepovers.
- Giving the child only those drugs that are approved by the pediatrician or family physician.
- Sharing information about concussion with parents, siblings, teachers, counselors, babysitters, coaches, and others who interact with the child helps them understand what has happened and how to meet the child’s needs.