Warning Signs for Children and Teens

In rare cases, a dangerous blood clot may form on the brain in a person with a concussion and crowd the brain against the skull. Contact your health care professional or emergency department right away if your child has ANY of the following danger signs after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body:

  • Headache that gets worse and does not go away.
  • Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination.
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea.
  • Slurred speech.
  • Looks very drowsy or cannot be awakened.
  • Has one pupil (the black part in the middle of the eye) larger than the other.
  • Has convulsions or seizures.
  • Cannot recognize people or places.
  • is getting more and more confused, restless, or agitated.
  • Has unusual behavior.
  • Loses consciousness for over a minute.

Additional Warning Signs in Babies or Toddlers

Have any of the danger signs for children and teens listed above or:

  • Will not stop crying and cannot be consoled.
  • Will not nurse or eat.

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and PreventionNational Center for Injury Prevention and Control