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A concussion is caused by a blow or jolt to the head. It is also called a traumatic brain injury. Find out more about concussions by taking this quiz.
Nausea and vomiting, confusion, and vision problems are all possible symptoms of a concussion. You may also have:
If you have one or more of these symptoms after a head injury, you should seek emergency care. It’s important to remember that a concussion may leave you too confused to make the right decision. Family and friends will need to make sure you get the care you need.
Wearing a helmet for activities such as skiing, horseback riding, bicycle or motorcycle riding, contact sports, and snowboarding is one of many ways to prevent a concussion. Other ways include:
Call your child’s healthcare provider right away or take your child to the emergency department if they:
Francesca Torriani, MD
Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Clinical Epidemiology
UC San Diego | School of Medicine