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What are the effects of concussions in children?

Signs and symptoms in children can be more difficult to recognize due to limited communication. You are your child's greatest source of protection; teach them to communicate about injuries, about safety, the rules of sports, and ways to protect themselves in case of an emergency or fall. If you suspect a child endured brain trauma, seek medical attention immediately and watch for:

· Lethargic or fatigued

· Irritability

· Vomiting

· Memory deficits

· Changes in breathing

· Dizziness

· Seizures

· Apparent mental/cognitive dysfunction

· Blood/fluid discharge from nose or ears

· Disorientation

· Appetite changes

· Vision problems, pupil dilation

· Poor balance/less coordination

· Change in personality or behavior

· Change in eating or sleeping patterns

· Lack of interest in favorite things