When your baby takes a tumble and hits his or her head, make sure you are well-versed in the signs of a concussion in babies. These signs can include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Clear or bloody drainage from nose, ears, or mouth
If you think your baby is showing signs of a concussion, seek medical help at your nearest FastMed Urgent Care.
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic head injury that causes the brain to bounce in the skull. When the brain endures trauma like this, it can cause bleeding inside the skull, brain swelling, torn blood vessels, and nerve damage.
Since it’s common for babies to run into things, it can be difficult to know whether it’s a concussion or just a bump. That’s why it’s important for parents to know how to identify the signs and symptoms of severe trauma.
Pay Attention to These Concussion Symptoms
Though head injuries in babies can result in mild dizziness, drowsiness, and/or confusion, it’s the more severe symptoms that should be addressed by a medical professional as soon as possible. These serious signs can include:
- Loss of consciousness for any amount of time
- Nonstop crying
- Verbally or nonverbally indicates head and/or neck pain
- Vomiting multiple times
- Cannot be easily woken
- Walks and talks abnormally
These symptoms can indicate more severe head or brain trauma that may need immediate medical attention.
Treatment for Babies With Concussions
In most mild to moderate causes of concussion, a medical professional will recommend bed rest with minimal physical activity. It’s important to pay attention to your child during the first 24 hours, and wake him up every few hours to monitor how normally he wakes up.
In rare cases, treatment at a hospital or pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) may be required for more severe concussions.
The best way to determine the severity of your baby’s concussion is to see a medical professional at your local FastMed Urgent Care. Our medical professionals are ready to help with care that is speedy, affordable, and compassionate.
Baby Center: http://www.babycenter.com/0_concussion-or-head-injury_11257.bc
Kids Health: http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/head-injury.html
Dr. Greene: http://www.drgreene.com/articles/concussion/