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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:

Cognitive symptoms

  • Confusion
  • Disoriented
  • Amnesia
  • Distractible
  • “Foggy”
  • Slow response

Physical symptoms

  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizzy
  • Fatigue
  • Vision changes
  • Photo/phono phobia
  • Numbness/tingling

Emotional symptoms

  • Irritable
  • Sad
  • Nervous
  • Mood swings
  • More emotional

Sleep problems

  • 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.

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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.

(414) 337-8000

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