What to look for in a concussion in a child?

So your little human has taken a spill and hit their noggin. Don’t panic, but also don’t brush it off like nothing happened! Concussions are no joke and can have serious consequences if left untreated. Here’s what you need to know about spotting the signs of a concussion in your child.

Understanding A Concussion

Before we get into the nitty-gritty details, let’s fully understand what concussions entail! A concussion is essentially when your precious baby’s brain gets jostled around inside their skull after an impact or sudden movement.

PARENTING HACK: That sounds scary right? It doesn’t have to be though! Keep yourself cool as cucumbers so that they’re able to detect any unusual behavior from kiddos easier than if you’re losing it just as bad!

Here are some things that could cause a concussion:

  • bumping head
  • hitting head on something
  • fall over aggressively

Okay phew, now that we got how someone might experience this injury laid out for ease ‘of understanding’ on with the show

Symptoms To Watch Out For

Signs of concussions tend to come immediately or within several hours after the incident occurs. Be sure to keep an eye on your child because sometimes symptoms may even take days before showing up:

Physical Symptoms

When it comes to physical symptoms there are plenty of indicators for this type of injury including:

  • Headache (sometimes unbearable)
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity towards noise/light
  • Change ‘in appetite’

If you see any combination between these stop hesitating and seek medical attention STAT worse shape_aren’tfar away…

Note: Not all individuals will experience each symptom listed above ‘but those who do , can “experience varying degrees_of each.’

Emotional & Mental Symptoms

It isn’t just looking out for little one’s physical status which might be affected when a concussion has taken place – their emotional and mental states may also be impacted:

  • Irritability (and trust, they will take it out on you)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Noticed more aggressive or hyper behaviour from the child over the last few days?

For heavens sake don’t tell them to chillax! They need immediate help.

Observed Symptoms

Some signs of concussions are easier to ‘detct’ than others because all we have to do its open our eyes!

Oh no worry not, I am not suggesting an eye exam but rather just making some written notes here – keep watch how your kiddo behaves…

So observe if you notice any of these behaviours in your love bug’s life following ‘an injury.’

  • Trouble walking straight
  • Clumsy motions and trouble coordination parts of body such as arms/ legs etc.
  • Slowing down movements incomparision with regular activity for that specific individual.

‘Beware!’ Don’t brush this off as ‘they’re’ goofing around_ taking’their sweet time’ like usual.’

Testing & Diagnosis

Alright so we got symptoms covered but even without displaying any apparent side effects at times doesn’t mean they’re alright … How can medical professionals fully diagnose a patient who requires treatment then?

Well my fearless parental figure-reader let me give you some advice…

Physical Tests

There is a series_of_tests (including neurological) , doctors run via checking regulation_ok_movement_an@balance to make sure balance levels remain strong.

This being_focused_around_the head region trying to seek indications related_to_concussion specifically.

Hmm maybe enquire about results after too… wink !

Cognitive Assessments

Just_speaking plainly: assessment determines level_viability_cognitive aspects functioning when brain is involved.; Determination behind whether there was ‘any permanent damage’ besides just normal concussion.

Just to put it into perspective, the assessments determine whether or not there’s anything more serious lingering around such as a hematoma which needs urgent medical attention.

Treatment & Time of Recovery

Post assessment and diagnosis can you start planning recovery strategies for your loved one_ suffering from trauma. Interested in knowing about things they may experience going forward? Take a look further below!

The Good News

Let’s begin with the optimistic facts – time is usually on their side! Children don’t require large amounts of healing after treating brain injury:

  • Up_to_a_week_: symptons dissipate
  • 14 days: full recover with rare incidents showing irreparable harm done

Easy peasy lemon squeeze-y…

In addition physical exercise should be avoided during this period until cleared otherwise by medial staff to avoid any related effort adverse effects leading to further_setbacks/harm down the line.

Taking Care Of Your Child

Recovery though incomplete without tender love_n_care that both parents offer towards children_ whom need_fast_healing through rough waters.

Make sure someone observes them following treatment carefully looking out for –

  • Sleep pattern/placement
  • Fluid/ food consumption measurements.

But do know that it doesn’t stop there – if school’s added then make big adjustments needed , accommodations here_n_there_,and other requirements necessary_for_helping_lo](ved_one learn at best_of_their abilities.

Don’t forget emotional outlets either! A healthy emotional status will help speed up their recovery process…

The most important thing… give them hugs when they want ’em and lots of kisses too + some extra snuggles 😀 This ‘ll help sign off_on_kickstarting_\their spirits .

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