Being a child means playing. Climbing, running, jumping, for a child, everything is fun, and often they don’t measure the consequences that, within their fun, they may suffer an injury. Parents often worry that their children and teens are taken care of and that they return home safe and sound after a day of activities.
It is very common for children and adolescents to get injured, not only playing but also participating in PE classes, soccer practices, hockey, basketball, skateboarding, and other high-impact activities. One of the areas of the body that is most at risk for serious injury is the head.
Suffering a concussion can have both short-term and long-term consequences, and it is crucial to be able to spot the symptoms, so you know how to act quickly should this occur.
What is a concussion?
A concussion occurs when the head is hit hard, either by an object, person or from a fall. This trauma can temporarily interfere with normal brain function. Therefore, it is essential to get medical attention as soon as possible.
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
When suffering a concussion, the person may or may not lose consciousness. Some of the symptoms may include dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, memory loss, sleepiness, among others.
If you suspect that your child has suffered a concussion, it is vital that you stop their activity immediately. Don’t allow them to continue playing, and take them to a doctor as soon as possible.
Other symptoms that the person may present in the short or long term – when they have not received the necessary and timely medical attention – may include irritability, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping, depression, tiredness, and lethargic movements.
It is crucial that after a concussion, the child or adolescent gets as much rest as possible and does not participate in any physical activity until determined by the doctor.