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Top Ten Signs of TBI in a Child

Ajit A. Sarnaik, MD, a critical care medicine physician on staff at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, says parents should look for the following ten warning signs after a bump on the head to determine if their child requires medical attention for a possible concussion:

• Child is not alert or responsive after injury
• A headache that gets worse over time
• Slurred speech, dizziness, blurred vision or confusion
• Difficulty recognizing people
• Vomiting more than two or three times
• Stumbling or weakness of arms or legs
• Child has blood or watery fluid from the nose or ears
• Difficulty waking up or excessive sleepiness
• Unequal size of the pupils (the dark center part of the eyes)
• Convulsions (seizures)