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
If your child has suffered a head injury and you suspect a concussion, our pediatric neurologists will perform an initial neurological exam to test the following:
- Strength and sensation
- Balance and coordination
- Mental abilities and capacity to recall information
Close behavioral monitoring following a fall or blow to the head is also crucial in diagnosing a concussion.
Children Brain Injury Care in Austin & Cedar Park
The most important factor that goes into your child’s care following a concussion is making sure they get plenty of rest. Physical activity and activities involving intense concentration, such as school work, as well as activities that are overstimulating, such as video games, should be limited while the brain heals.
Children should be monitored extremely closely while at home, and plan for regular office visits with us to track their progress during recovery.
If you suspect your child has suffered a concussion, don’t wait to seek help – seek immediate medical attention. To find out more about our concussion care, call Child Neurology Consultants of Austin at (512) 494-4000, or book an appointment online. We have three convenient locations in Central Austin, Cedar Park, and South Austin, Texas.