Does my child have a concussion?

If your child shows any of the Red Flag Symptoms call 911 immediately.

Did your child have a hit to the head or blow to the body?

You should consider your child to have a concussion if you or someone else has witnessed, or you suspect that, your child has had either a hit to the head or a hit to the body that caused a sudden jerk to the neck or head.

Even if your child shows no obvious signs of having a concussion, if they have had an incident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Does your child have signs and symptoms of a concussion?

Signs and symptoms of a concussion can be delayed for several hours or even days following an incident. Following is a list of signs and symptoms consistent with a concussion.

Thinking and Remembering Physical Emotional and Mood Sleep
Not thinking clearly Headache Easily upset or angered Sleeping more
Feeling slowed down Fuzzy or blurry vision Sad Sleeping less
Unable to concentrate Nausea and vomiting Nervous or anxious Having a hard time falling asleep
Unable to remember new information Dizziness More emotional Sensitivity to light or noise
Balance problems
Feeling tired or having no energy

If your child is showing any of these signs and symptoms then you should take your child to the doctor to investigate further. If your child has had a past concussion incident, even a minor hit to the head or body can trigger symptoms.

Signs and symptoms of concussion in an infant or toddler:

Concussion signs and symptoms to watch for in your infant/toddler include:

  • Crankiness and irritability (beyond their usual)
  • Any sudden changes in sleeping patterns, eating or playing pattern
  • Not interested in their favourite toys or activities
  • Forgets a new skill (e.g. toilet training)
  • Listless
  • Loss of balance, unsteady walking
  • Not eating or nursing
  • Cannot be comforted

Seek medical attention if your infant/toddler is showing behaviour that is unusual for them or concerns you.

Concussion Response Tool

The Concussion Response Tool was developed to assist coaches and parents to recognize and respond to concussions. The first two pages outline how to respond to a concussion at the time of the incident. The third page provides important information for parents who are caring for their child at home after the incident.

The Concussion Response Tool can also serve as an important communication tool for sharing information from the scene of the incident.

Download the Concussion Response Tool

Red Flag Symptoms

If your child shows any of the following Red Flag Symptoms call 911 immediately.

  • Neck pain
  • Increased confusion or irritability
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Seizure or convulsion
  • Weakness in arms/legs
  • Tingling or burning in arms/legs
  • Deteriorating consciousness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe or increasing headache
  • Unusual behaviour change
  • Double vision