How to Tell If a Young Child Has a Concussion After Injury
If you or a loved one was recently in a car accident, a head concussion (now classified as a traumatic brain injury) could very well be an injury a child has sustained. The signs and symptoms in adults are generally straightforward because an adult can often describe and verbalize what they are feeling and experiencing.
In a child, these signs and symptoms are not always straightforward because children can often not verbalize what they are feeling. According to the Mayo Clinic, non-verbal cues in children are:
- 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
If your child was involved in an auto accident and these symptom are persistent after 1-2 days, follow up with your child’s pediatrician.
If the following symptoms occur after a head injury, seek emergency care immediately:
- Loss of consciousness longer than 30 seconds
- A headache that gets worse over time
- Changes in behavior, such as irritability
- Changes in physical coordination, such as stumbling or clumsiness
- Confusion or disorientation, such as difficulty recognizing people or places
- Slurred speech or other changes in speech
- Vision or eye disturbances, such as pupils that are bigger than normal (dilated pupils) or pupils of unequal sizes
- Lasting or recurrent dizziness
- Obvious difficulty with mental function or physical coordination
- Symptoms that worsen over time
- Large head bumps or bruises on areas other than the forehead in children, especially in infants under 12 months of age
If you or your child were injured in a motor vehicle accident and suffered from a concussion, the attorneys at McEnery Price Messey & Sullivan can help you file your claim.