Head Injury

When an injury occurs to the head observe your child and contact your physician for any of the following symptoms that may indicate a concussion:

  • Headache/ Dizziness/Confusion/Fatigue/Drowsiness
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Loss of coordination, falling down, walking strangely, or staggering
  • Double vision, blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light, smell and/or noise
  • Numbness/Tingling/Ringing in the ears
  • Feeling slowed down/Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Irritability/Nervousness/More emotional
  • Sleeping more or less than usual/Trouble falling asleep

CONCUSSION RED FLAGS - EMERGENCY EVALUATION REQUIRED :

  • Headaches that worsen
  • Excessive drowsiness/Cannot be awakened
  • Pupils of different sizes/Vision changes
  • Cannot recognize people or places
  • Unusual behavior change
  • Seizures
  • Repeated Vomiting
  • Increasing Confusion and/or irritability
  • Neck pain
  • Slurred Speech
  • Weakness or numbness in arms or legs
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Bleeding or discharge from ear, nose or mouth

Adapted from the CDC Heads Up Program

If you have any concerns about the health of your child, please contact your physician for further advice. This information is provided as a service of the Southington School Health Services. It is NOT meant to take the place of your doctor’s recommendations.

CDC Head Injury Site

Disclaimer: The information provided herein is not intended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this material. If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.

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