Brain Injury & Concussions
A concussion, also sometimes referred to as a TBI (traumatic brain injury), results from a direct bump or blow to the head or body that causes the brain to bounce, shake, or twist inside the skull. This sudden movement causes chemical and metabolic changes that impair brain cell function.
If you ever suspect that your child may have suffered a concussion, seek medical attention immediately.
Causes & Symptoms
Although there are many things than can cause a concussion, more than half suffered in children are due to falls. Other causes of concussions include bike and car accidents, playground injuries, or athletic injuries to the head during contact sports such as football, soccer, or hockey.
Common Concussion Symptoms
- Loss of consciousness (but not always)
- Headache or similar feeling of pressure in the head
- Inability to recall events prior to and immediately following the injury
- Nausea or vomiting
- Confusion or sluggishness in conversation
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Problems with balance or vision
- Drowsiness or inability to wake up
- Restlessness or agitation