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Conditions and symptoms
Every concussion is serious. Your child may complain or mention one of the many conditions or symptoms that are associated with concussion. Most are mild, ranging from headache, dizziness, fatigue and difficulty with school. But if not properly managed, some concussions can result in serious permanent injury and even death. It is essential that you seek medical evaluation and treatment of concussion for your child if you suspect concussion.
Common conditions and symptoms include:
- Slow response
- Nausea and vomiting
- Vision changes
- Photo/phono phobia
- Mood swings
- More emotional
- Hard to fall asleep
- Wakes at night
- More fatigued
Based on how serious the concussion is, some symptoms may last from one day to several months. After a concussion, most young athletes will have symptoms for about three weeks or less.
To help ensure that we provide the best care for young athletes and families, Children's Hospital offers a special Concussion Line (from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday). We will promptly answer your questions or concerns. A licensed athletic trainer monitors and answers the Concussion Line. You can leave messages at anytime. We'll quickly return your call.
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A sports mom shares her experience with concussion care at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Read the story on our blog.