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Concussions: Monitor Child in First 24-48 Hours

Advice from Concussion Expert Dr. Robert Cantu

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Regular post-concussion monitoring is essential in the first 24 to 48 hours after injury to check for signs of deteriorating mental status that may indicate a more serious injury.

Dr. Robert Cantu recommends that a child be woken up several times during the night after a concussion to check his mental status.  An athlete should be immediately taken to a hospital emergency room for evaluation if he:

  • Has a headache that gets much more severe;

  • Is very drowsy or can't be awakened or brought to an alert status

  • Is disoriented

  • Is vomiting or nauseous¬†

  • Behaves unusually, seems confused or very irritable

  • Experiences seizures (arms and legs jerk uncontrollably)

  • Has weak or numb arms or legs

  • Is unsteady on his feet

  • Has slurred speech