CONCUSSIONΒ SYMPTOMS TO BE AWARE OF AFTER A HEAD INJURY
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Concussion Symptoms Albuquerque

Concussions are often known as the invisible injury. Concussion Symptoms and injuries can range from subtle signs all the way to traumatic signs. Additionally, the symptoms and injuries can last for days, weeks or even years. Here are a few symptoms to look out for after a traumatic brain or head injury occur:

  • Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Heavy fog feeling or confusion
  • Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
  • Faintness or "seeing stars"
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Fatigue

You may have some immediate concussion symptoms. Other signs may be delayed for hours or days after injury, such as:

  • Attention and memory complaints
  • Irritability or behavior changes
  • Sleep instabilities
  • Psychological adjustment problems and/or depression
  • Taste and smell disorders
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
Common Concussion Symptoms in children

Even a minor head injury can lead to a concussion in young children. These concussions can be difficult to identify and diagnose in infants and toddlers because they can't describe how they feel. Concussion symptoms for a child may include:

  • Appearing dazed
  • Listlessness and tiring easily
  • Irritability and crankiness
  • Loss of balance and unsteady walking
  • Crying excessively
  • Change in eating or sleeping patterns
  • Lack of interest in favorite toys
When to seek medical attention for you or your child

See a doctor in a hospital or emergency room within 1 to 2 days if:

  • You or your child experiences a head injury, even if emergency care isn't required
  • If you or your child have a bump on your head
  • If one or more of the concussion symptoms are experienced

Most people who develop a concussion are usually back to normal in a few days or weeks. Others can have long-term complications either from the concussion or from injury to surrounding soft tissues.

The sooner someone is diagnosed, the better the chances for a complete recovery because medical attention is so important.