What do I do if I think my child has a concussion?

If your child shows any of the Red Flag Symptoms call 911 immediately. If you suspect your child has sustained a concussion seek medical attention as soon as possible. Monitor your child until they can be seen by a doctor. Do not leave your child alone. Do not let your child drive or return to activities.Watch for red flags and signs and symptoms of concussion.

DO NOT give your child any medications. There is evidence that some medications can worsen concussion symptoms and could increase potential risks associated with brain injuries. Do not give your child any medication unless directed by a doctor.

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

Preparing for the doctor

Your doctor will have questions for you and your child. The doctor will want specific details about the incident and your child’s medical history. Complete the  Concussion Response Tool  and take it with you to the doctor. This will help the doctor to assess your child.

Questions to Ask Your Doctor is a helpful resource that provides a variety of questions you can discuss with your doctor.

Download Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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