Our noggins are pretty important, wouldn’t you say? I believe the following information will be useful to everyone and worth the read! Here’s regular contributer, Brooke Chaplan, with a few highlights regarding concussions and how to respond in an emergency.
Concussions are serious injuries and should be approached with a high level of caution. They are caused by an impact to the head and can range in severity depending on the size and the location of the blow. Sometimes, concussions can cause loss of consciousness and potentially lead to permanent brain damage.
There can be a variety of causes of traumatic brain injuries, ranging from falling on ice to sports. Most severe car accidents will result in concussions or some kind of head trauma, and because concussions can have lasting effects, it is advisable to talk to a lawyer if the injury needs constant care afterward.
Symptoms of a Concussion
Depending on the type of concussion that has occurred, symptoms can appear immediately, or may be delayed by several hours or even days. The most common symptoms are headaches, memory loss, and confusion. These symptoms can last for a few hours or several weeks.
Some other symptoms of a concussion include:
- Slurred speech
- Ringing in ears
Concussion victims may also complain of a lack of concentration and have a hard time remembering things. Long-term effects may also include sleep disturbances, psychological adjustment problems, and depression. Some people also suffer from irritability and personality changes. Children can also exhibit symptoms ranging from listlessness to crying excessively, to showing a lack of interest in their favorite toys.
What to do in an Emergency
Some concussions need immediate medical care. If someone is vomiting repeatedly, loses consciousness for more than 30 seconds, or is stumbling or appears clumsy, they need to see a medical professional as soon as possible.
If basic symptoms, such as headaches, get worse over time, a professional opinion should be sought. For children, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends medical care for anything more severe than a light hit to the head. Children should be allowed to sleep, but need to be watched for additional symptoms.
Head injuries can cause lasting problems if not treated with the care. Athletes who show signs of a concussion should not return to the activity during the same day, and people who have suffered a concussion should be monitored afterward. Keep a close eye on most head hits as symptoms sometimes take some time to appear.
Regardless of the cause of a concussion, treatment is needed in all cases. When in doubt about the severity of a concussion seek medical care, especially for children.
About the Author
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.
Have you ever had a concussion? What did you go through?