Has your teen suffered a head injury? If they have, or if you want to be prepared just in case, you’ll want to know what to look for in case of a concussion.
So, what are the signs of a concussion in a teenager? More importantly, what are you supposed to do if your teen does have a concussion? We’ll try to answer all of these questions, and more, in the next few paragraphs.
Headache and Dizziness
A concussion is essentially a brain injury, often mild, that is caused by the brain being knocked against the skull. Because of this, the person will often complain of a headache.
A person with a concussion can also feel dizzy, and will often look it. They may also complain of vision problems, most often blurred vision or seeing double. Exposure to light doesn’t clear things up and may even make them feel worse.
Confusion and Decreased Faculties
Confusion often accompanies a concussion, as do a few minor functional issues. The patient will often have difficulties remembering the event. They may show signs of slurred speech and not respond to questions as quickly as they usually do.
Nausea is another symptom to look out for, as is vomiting. They may also feel exhausted and lose consciousness. This can be a potential sign of danger, but not necessarily.
Another sign of a concussion in a teenager is abnormal behaviors. It is not uncommon for a concussed person to appear angrier than usual or more depressed. Be on the lookout for any odd emotional patterns in your child.
Abnormal Sleep Patterns
In some cases, symptoms of a concussion can last for days to even months. Persistent symptoms are most common in children, teens and the elderly. This is especially true if the person has had a concussion before.
In cases such as these, you may notice the patient is sleeping more than usual. Others may complain of insomnia. Contrary to popular belief, it is not dangerous to fall asleep with a concussion. In fact, sleep is recommended to help the body rest and heal itself.
All the same, you may want to take this with a grain of salt. While a person with a concussion definitely needs sleep, you’ll need to make sure that it is just a concussion. More serious conditions could cause harm if you allow the patient to sleep.
Regardless of the situation, the patient should always be taken to a doctor. On the rare chance that something more serious has occurred, the doctor will be able to spot it and be better equipped to treat it.
If it is determined that the patient has a concussion and nothing more, the best thing for them is to sleep. Depending on the doctor, they may decide to keep the patient overnight or send them home.
Signs of Concussion in a Teenager
When looking for signs of concussion in a teenager, there’s a whole list of things to watch for, from dizziness and headache to emotional shifts. There may also be nausea, vomiting, abnormal sleep patterns or difficulty concentrating or doing everyday tasks.
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