Children's Concussion and Brain Injury Clinic
A concussion is any direct or indirect traumatic injury to the head and/or neck. Children and teens who have experienced a traumatic brain injury, including concussions or more serious events, require ongoing medical management to ensure appropriate follow-up care.
To promote optimal assessment and management, 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.
Signs & Symptoms of Concussions in Children
Concussion signs and symptoms are typically exhibited after the injury, but sometimes do not appear until hours or even days afterwards. Some concussions will develop into “Post-concussion syndrome” which is a complex disorder in which a number of post-concussion symptoms — such as headaches and dizziness — last for weeks and sometimes months after the injury that caused the initial injury.
A concussion may result in any of the following symptoms:
- 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
For children who exhibit one symptom for a brief period of time, this may be a liberal definition. However, there are some children who recover initially, but with subsequent exertion have delayed onset of concussion symptoms.
Treatment for Concussions in Children
The Concussion Clinic at Nicklaus Children's Hospital offers the following pediatric treatments for concussions and traumatic brain injuries:
- Neurologic 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