What are the most common symptoms of a concussion?
It is not always easy to know if someone has a concussion. You don’t have to pass out (lose consciousness) to have a concussion.
Symptoms of a concussion range from mild to severe and can last for hours, days, weeks, or even months. If you notice any symptoms of a concussion, contact your doctor.
Symptoms fit into four main categories:
Thinking and remembering
• Not thinking clearly
• Feeling slowed down
• Not being able to concentrate
• Not being able to remember new information
• Fuzzy or blurry vision
• Nausea and vomiting
• Sensitivity to light or noise
• Balance problems
• Feeling tired or having no energy
Emotional and mood
• Easily upset or angered
• Nervous or anxious
• More emotional
• Sleeping more than usual
• Sleeping less than usual
• Having a hard time falling asleep
Young children can have the same symptoms of a concussion as older children and adults. But sometimes it can be hard to tell if a small child has a concussion. Young children may also have symptoms like:
• Crying more than usual.
• Headache that does not go away.
• Changes in the way they play or act.
• Changes in the way they nurse, eat or sleep.
• Being upset easily or having more temper tantrums.
• A sad mood.
• Lack of interest in their usual activities or favorite toys.
• Loss of new skills, such as toilet training.
• Loss of balance and trouble walking.
• Not being able to pay attention.
— Source: WebMD