Toddlers are at high risk for head injuries including a concussion. A concussion involves disruption in the normal brain function brought about by a jolt or blow to the head. This form of head injury is common among toddlers which is why it is vital to be familiar with the indications since children at this age group could not put into words what they are experiencing.
Losing consciousness right after a bump on the head is a warning indication of a possible concussion even if it only lasts for a few seconds. Nevertheless, this does not occur in most cases.
The usual initial signs to watch out for include:
- Dazed expression right after the injury
- Inconsolable crying
What are the early symptoms?
Some of the signs of a concussion manifest over the initial hours to days after the injury. The toddler might cover his/her eyes or avoid going outdoors due to increased light sensitivity. In the same manner, the child will also avoid music or TV due to increased sensitivity to sound.
Other indications of a possible concussion include:
- Poor energy level or not playing as usual
- Changes in the sleeping pattern
- Slurred speech
- Unusual clumsiness
- Lack of coordination
- Frequent falls
What are the persistent signs?
After some time, certain symptoms might be present such as:
- Changes in the eating habits
- Lack of interest in favorite activities or toys
- Unusual sadness or grumpiness
- Increased temper tantrums or impatience
- Crying more than usual
When to consult a doctor?
Toddlers are at high risk for a concussion. Any form of head injury should not be taken lightly and monitor for any indications of a possible concussion.
Call for emergency assistance or bring the individual to the nearest emergency department if the toddler loses consciousness, has a seizure or an open wound on his/her face or head.
More Information / Disclaimer
The information posted on this page on concussions among toddlers is for learning purposes only. Learn to recognize the signs of a concussion by taking a standard first aid course with Saskatoon First Aid