Having a concussion is very scary. Brain injuries are not something to be taken lightly, and can lead to very dangerous outcomes if not treated early on.
*** Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nurse, or medical professional of any type. These are the very simple thoughts and ideas that I formed from having a concussion, and helping my children when they’ve had mild concussions. Please do not take this as medical advice, and if you have concerns please contact a medical professional immediately.***
Signs of Concussion:
- Headache or pressure in the head
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Poor balance
- Blurred vision
- Sensitivity to light and/or noise
- Drowsiness or fatigue
Over the years of being a parent, an active first aid attendant, and coaching kids sports, I usually do a quick concussion test before determining if they need to be taken to the ER.
*** If it is a severe head injury this test doesn’t need to be done, you 100% need to take them to the ER***
***If it is a child playing sports or plays sports, that obtained a head injury, they cannot play sports again until they are cleared by a medical professional***
- Ask them to say the date, month, year, and day of the week
- Have them memorize a list of words and then say them back to you
- Ask them to repeat a sequence of numbers backwards
- Ask them to ay the months of the year in reverse
- Have them hop on one leg
- Have them follow your finger with their eyes
- Ask them if they’re nauseous, have a headache, or blurry vision
- Ask them to read something from a distance
Mild concussions can take up to 7-10 days.
- Stay off screens
- Limit exposure to bright lights and sounds
- Avoid unnecessary movement on your head or neck
- Stay hydrated
- Eat a diet high in protein, antioxidants, and Omega 3
- Be patient
- Follow your doctor’s orders
If you have any tips, tricks, or must-haves for concussions, I would love to hear about them in the comment section.