A Bump on the Head or a Concussion?

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by Patrice on March 10, 2011 · 1 comment

in Physical Health

As any single mom knows, kids fall, run into things and have things run into them. How is the single mom to know if their child has a simple boo-boo or a concussion when their heads are bumped?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, signs of a concussion should be looked for with any forceful bump or jolt to the child that causes a rapid movement of the head. If the child appears to be behaving differently or exhibits a change in the way they are processing information or if physical functions are abnormal, it’s possible that they have been injured without you even knowing.

If your child complains that they have a headache or feel pressure in their head, check for evidence that they may have been in a mishap that may have caused a concussion. Nausea or vomiting, dizziness and balance problems are also symptoms. If the child shows sensitivity to light or noise, or complains that their vision is blurry or shows confusion, a concussion may be to blame. Sometimes, after an injury, the child may complain that they just don’t feel right.

Symptoms of a concussion don’t always show up immediately following an injury – the child may not complain or show the effects for several days.

If a child shows any of the above symptoms, call the doctor immediately and describe not only the symptoms but the mishap that caused the symptoms. If your child has a bump on the head and you can not console him or stop him from crying or if he refuses to eat or nurse, take him to the emergency room right away.

Most concussion recoveries are quick, but sometimes it can take weeks for a person who has suffered a concussion to fully recover. It’s also important for the single mom to remember that a person who has suffered a concussion in the past is more likely to suffer another one. Each occurrence of concussion makes it likelier that it will take more time to recover from the injury completely.

 

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.


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Carol March 11, 2011 at 7:26 am

The signs and symptoms of a concussion may not appear immediately. And sometimes these symptoms can last for days, weeks or even longer.

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