The Nicklaus Children's Brain Institute is pleased to offer a Concussion and Brain Injury Clinic as part of its expanding Brain Injury Evaluation and Neuroprotection (BIEN) Program. The signs of concussion in children can be hard to decipher, but our physicians are trained to evaluate and treat brain injuries from concussions to more serious traumas.
Generally, a concussion is any direct or indirect traumatic injury to the head and/or neck. Children and teens who have experienced brain injuries require ongoing medical management to ensure appropriate follow-up care.
Treatment for Concussions in Children
- Evaluation and assessment of neuroimaging needs
- Care plan development for resumption of school and activities
- Guidance and supervision of return to physical activity
- Clearance for return to competitive sport participation
- Long term management of symptoms of post-concussive syndrome symptoms
Conditions We Treat
Concussion Symptoms in Children
The effects of a concussion often surface after the injury, sometimes taking hours or even days to appear. Concussions in children sometimes develop into post-concussion syndrome, causing the child to experience symptoms for an extended period of time. Some even recover initially, delaying the onset of symptoms until after subsequent exertion.
Child concussion symptoms may include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Balance problems
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Feeling more emotional
- Numbness or tingling
- Feeling like "in a fog"
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty remembering/amnesia
- Visual problems