Children, Teens, and Concussions

A head injury can cause a concussion. Head injuries happen in many ways. A child or teen may fall. Another way is to be hit or slammed into something. A child or teen may be hurt by a parent or caregiver. An abusive teen’s boyfriend or girlfriend may cause a head injury.

It is helpful for parents to know the signs of a concussion. A child or teen does not have to lose consciousness to have a concussion. Mild signs include sleeping more or staying awake at night. There may also be a change in the way food tastes. A child or teen may have little or no energy.

Other mild signs include:

  • Headache.
  • Sensitivity to noise or light.
  • Nausea.
  • Problems with balance.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Problems concentrating.

Severe signs of concussion include not being able to wake a child or teen. There may be a headache that feels very bad and lasts for days. There may be memory problems. Someone may act differently.

Other severe symptoms include:

  • Loss of consciousness.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Seizures.
  • Confusion.
  • Repeat vomiting.

A parent who suspects a concussion can call a doctor and help get the child to medical care.

Parents can also call the Brain Injury Helpline at 1-866-412-4755.

Teens who need help can call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline:

1-866-331-9474 (TTY 1-866-331-8453)