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Signs and symptoms of a concussion

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. As part of that, we’re sharing some concussion safety tips to help keep your family safe and healthy.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or body. Symptoms can show up right after the injury or may not be noticed until hours or days later.

Signs and symptoms to watch for:

  • Headache or dizziness
  • Drowsiness or sleepiness
  • Focus or concentration problems
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Balance or coordination problems
  • Disorientation or mental confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Slowed thinking or speech
  • Blank or vacant look
  • Loss of consciousness

What to do if your child displays concussion symptoms:

  • Immediately remove your child from activity
  • Seek medical attention
  • Tell your child’s coach or teacher

Concussions can be scary. At Children’s, our goal is to provide the best possible concussion care in the most comforting way we can. And, if any questions or concerns come up along the way, we’re always here to help.

Children’s Concussion Clinic

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Children’s Specialty Center (ground floor)
2530 Chicago Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Garden View (third floor)
347 N. Smith Ave., Suite 300
St. Paul, MN  55102


Rachel Patterson