Signs and symptoms

Make sure your child knows these signs and symptoms, too. If your child has a headache, there will likely be other signs and symptoms.

Symptoms

Reported by Your Child

PHYSICAL

  • Headache or pressure in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Double vision, blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish, fatigued, or groggy
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Numbness or tingling

COGNITIVE

  • Problems concentrating
  • Problems remembering
  • Foggy or hazy feeling

EMOTIONAL

  • Just not feeling right or feeling down

SLEEP PROBLEMS

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • Sleeping less than usual

RESOURCE LIST

Signs

Observed by Others

PHYSICAL

  • Moves clumsily (altered coordination)
  • Exhibits balance problems
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)

COGNITIVE

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Seems confused
  • Forgets plays or instructions
  • Is unsure about game, score, opponent
  • Responds slowly to questions
  • Forgets events prior to hit or fall
  • Forgets events after the hit or fall

EMOTIONAL

  • Shows changes in mood, behavior, or personality