At the Pediatric Concussion Clinic your child will be evaluated by physicians who are experienced in diagnosing and treating children with head injuries.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
The leading causes of concussion seen in emergency departments are falls, assaults, playing sports, motor vehicle-related injuries and being struck by or against an obstacle
You can’t see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away.
Be alert for symptoms that worsen over time. A child exhibiting these symptoms should be seen in an emergency department right away:
Very young children (infants, toddlers and preschoolers) often bump and bruise their heads. This can happen as a result of motor vehicle crashes, falls, getting hit in the head with a ball or toy, or from tricycle/bike accidents. Sometimes these events can be serious and result in a concussion. Shaken baby syndrome, a severe form of physical child abuse resulting from violently shaking an infant by the shoulders, arms, or legs can also cause a concussion or a more severe brain injury.
Parents and caregivers of children who have had a concussion can help them recover by taking an active role in their recovery and: