A responsible parent should recognize when his / her child is feeling under the weather. Since children are especially prone to accidents and other injuries, we should always be able to spot symptoms and know some first aid treatments. Mothers should particularly know how to recognize and respond to a concussion, a mild traumatic brain injury which can happen after an impact to the head or after a whiplash-type injury that causes the head and brain to shake back and forth. The signs of a concussion differs depending on the seriousness of the injury and the patient. They may start right away or may appear for hours, days, weeks, and months after the injury.
The symptoms of a concussion may include headache, drowsiness, vision problems, momentary loss of consciousness, nausea, balance problems, numbness, sensitivity to light or sound, and memory problems. Emergency medical treatment should be sought if severe symptoms like seizures, abnormal eye movement, repeated vomiting, slurred speech, draining of blood from the ears or nose, and loss of consciousness occur. The severity of the symptoms will determine the type of treatment that will be done. Doctors usually recommend pain relievers like acetaminophen and ibuprofen if the concussion causes headaches. For more serious cases like swelling and bleeding in the brain, the patient might have to undergo surgery.