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Can babies get concussions?

Can babies get concussions?

Yes.: Babies can get traumatic head injuries just like everyone else. But because babies heads are relatively large and their necks relatively weak, they can get much more severe brain injuries than older children and adults -- for example, shaken impact syndrome. ...Read more

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Concussion (Definition)

An injury to the brain usually caused by trauma. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, altered ...Read more


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How would you know if a baby has a concussion from a fal?

How would you know if a baby has a concussion from a fal?

Loss of consciousnes: A concussion is a disturbance of the awareness and functioning of the aleart brain. Though it may be hard to define or test that functioning like you would an adult or conversational child, we assume that any infant who has lost awareness for any period to have had some degree of concussion.A call to your dr to review the specifics can define when/where baby should be evaluated. ...Read more

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How to determine if a baby has a concussion?

How to determine if a baby has a concussion?

Difficult: Since babies are not able to tell us how they feel or be tested for mental status, doctors rely on observation of the child's activity. Looking for alteration in conscousness, bulging fontanelle, any localized weakness or not using an upper or lower extremity. When very young children have a head injury, doctors will often get a cat scan cue to the difficulty using clinical observation alone. ...Read more

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How to tell if my baby sister has a concussion?

Observe closely: The general symptoms of concussion include headache, nausea/vomiting, dizziness, poor appetite, difficulty thinking or concentrating, sensitivity to light or sound. This may last up to 6 weeks. If these symptoms persist or are bothersome-see your physician. ...Read more

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How long after a child hits his head would you expect signs of a concussion? My son fell backwards off of his chair onto a hard floor. He is 3.

How long after a child hits his head would you expect signs of a concussion? My son fell backwards off of his chair onto a hard floor. He is 3.

Closed Head Injuries: Closed head injuries in children are relatively common due to their activity level and altered center of gravity. Most serious head injuries are associated with loss of consciousness, seizure and immediate vomiting. Serious injuries rarely become apparent within 24-48 hours after the injury and are associated with multiple episodes of vomiting, altered mental status, seizures, etc, ...Read more

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What are some signs of a concussion in an elementary school child?

Headache is common: Concussion is a change in brain function that occurs after head trauma. There does not have to be loss of consciousness. Symptoms include headache, confusion, dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to light and memory problems. If a concussion is suspected the child should be removed from play. Evaluation by a medical professional to make sure they are symptom free before return to play is crucial. ...Read more

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My child ran into a other kid playing hockey. He had a minor headache that cleared. Does he have a concussion?

My child ran into a other kid playing hockey.  He had a minor headache that cleared. Does he have a concussion?

Concussion is:: Head injury which causes loss of consciousness, loss of memory, or combination of both. Closed head trauma may or may not result in a concussion, so perhaps this is just a trivial head injury of no potential future consequence. ...Read more

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When you wake up someone to check for a concussion, what are you looking for? Especially a child, he's very unhappy when I wake him and wants to sleep

When you wake up someone to check for a concussion, what are you looking for? Especially a child, he's very unhappy when I wake him and wants to sleep

I don't: Adults are awakened to document their orientation to place/time/event but this is unnecessary & I think unnecessary in kids or infants. Kids will wake up throwing up if they have an issue.You can check them while asleep every 2-3 hours with a flashlight. If they are sleeping & breathing normally & have not thrown up, they are fine. ...Read more

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They found the baby had a concussion and other injuriesis at birth, this a lawsuit?

They found the baby had a concussion and other injuriesis at birth, this a lawsuit?

Parents need to meet: with the OB, neonatologist & patient ombudsman to learn details of labor, delivery & neonatal course. Poor outcomes of difficult deliveries are usually from maternal, placental or fetal factors, not moms' or doctors' fault. A malpractice suit in PA must show injury, that a doctor's conduct was not standard of practice for the given circumstances & how the doctor's conduct caused the injury. ...Read more

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Long term effects of concussion as a child? I was sleepwalking fell down stairs and didn't wake up after for awhile.

Long term effects of concussion as a child? I was sleepwalking fell down stairs and didn't wake up after for awhile.

May or may not: If you have not had any ongoing symptoms until now since childhood then there would be none. If you have had some symptoms all along since the fall without interruption for few months then these are likely permanent. ...Read more

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My husband was changing our baby and taking a onesie over head and lifted head with it by accident and then head dropped back on changing table could a concussion result? It was soft but head lifted a few inches and then dropped. Baby acting fine. Just wa

My husband was changing our baby and taking a onesie over head and lifted head with it by accident and then head dropped back on changing table could a concussion result? It was soft but head lifted a few inches and then dropped. Baby acting fine. Just wa

Probably no problem: From what you tell me it does not appear that the baby sustained a concussion. Just keep a sharp eye on the baby for something that seems different from the way he/she acted before. Always, if in doubt have the baby examined by the pediatrician. ...Read more

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I was helping bring a baby car seat down at work, the other employee dropped the box on my head. No symptoms of a concussion following, I felt completely fine afterwards. Today, however, I have a pulling pain in the left side of my upper and lower neck, u

I was helping bring a baby car seat down at work, the other employee dropped the box on my head. No symptoms of a concussion following, I felt completely fine afterwards. Today, however, I have a pulling pain in the left side of my upper and lower neck, u

Talk to employer: If your injury is work related you should go and talk to your employer or supervisor. For legal reasons he will have to have you fill out some paperwork and send you to the company's contracted doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Concussion my son fell with his bike, and hit his had, he get a bump strait awey.It is happend 6 hours before.He throw up 2times.We didn't let him to sleep for 2 hours after that.He is really wanted to sleep.He is responding any question he knows everythi

Concussion my son fell with his bike, and hit his had, he get a bump strait awey.It is happend 6 hours before.He throw up 2times.We didn't let him to sleep for 2 hours after that.He is really wanted to sleep.He is responding any question he knows everythi

The : The scalp (the skin on the head) is well-supplied with blood. Even a small impact can break blood vessels, which can cause a big bump. So, a lump on the scalp isn't a good measure of how serious an impact is. The more important consequence of a head impact is concussion, a brain injury. Signs of a moderate to severe concussion include getting "dinged" (briefly stunned), or any loss of consciousness. In general, experts recommend that a child be seen within 2 days of any significant head injury, and should be seen right away if they show any signs such as memory loss, headache that doesn't get better or gets worse, mood changes, balance problems, or vomiting.

It is very important to avoid a second head impact. Children should wear helmets when riding a bike or engaging in other activities that may involve a risk of head injury (including skateboarding, rollerskating, skiing). A helmet that was involved in an impact should be destroyed and replaced. ...Read more

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Can a mother's concussion have an effect on her baby, if she hit her head during pregnancy?

Can a mother's concussion have an effect on her baby, if she hit her head during pregnancy?

Grade I No: A grade i concussion will result in a brief period of memory loss and a headache and will not affect the fetus. Grade ii and iii concussions resulting in more severe symptoms "may have an impact" but only on the mother's awareness. Comatose mothers still deliver healthy babies. ...Read more

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Hard hit to the head 2 days ago. Got CT scan 2 hours after. Clear. Took 2 baby aspirin today on accident. Should I be worried? Do I have a concussion?

Hard hit to the head 2 days ago. Got CT scan 2 hours after. Clear. Took 2 baby aspirin today on accident. Should I be worried? Do I have a concussion?

Possible: Glad to hear the CT scan was "clear". Take it slow and let your brain recover from the hit. Typical symptoms for concussion include headache, dizziness, nausea, changes in thinking and several others. If you notice any of these schedule follow up appt with your doc. Take care. ...Read more