Let’s talk about concussion
and your child’s risk for more serious injury such as bleeding in or around the brain.
Symptoms* may include headache, nausea, dizziness, or difficulty concentrating
Symptoms should resolve in several days to a few months
Recovery is almost always complete
Cannot be seen on a CT scan
*This information may not apply to young children who are not yet able to walk or talk.
Occurs when the head injury is severe enough to cause bleeding in or around the brain
May require medical intervention such as a stay in the hospital or surgical procedure
Let's visualize the risk
In 100 children with minor head injury similar to your child’s,
1 will have brain injury
99 will not
After monitoring your child in the emergency department for a period of time, we will find out if there is any serious bleeding in or around the brain with:
Head CT scan
You can have a head CT scan test done to determine if your child has had a brain injury.
Observation at home
If your child’s symptoms are the same or better in the next 1-2 days, then there was no serious bleeding in or around the brain.
It is very unlikely, but if your child develops new or worsening symptoms* such as these,
bring them back to the ED as soon as possible.
Your child can maintain regular activities such as sleep.
*Some symptoms may not apply to young children who are not yet able to walk or talk.
Select the issues that are most important to you and your child.
SPEED OF DIAGNOSIS
WAIT IN ED
HEAD CT SCAN
May increase cost depending on your coverage
May find irrelevant things that lead to more tests
No added cost
Potential return to ED if symptoms worsen