Concussions in Infants and Babies – My baby his hit his head, now what?
If your infant has hit his or head it is definitely cause for concern. Because infants can’t tell you they are in pain you have to look more closely for the warning signs. Here are the main signs to look for in your baby.
- Inconsolable crying
- Sleeping more than usual
- Refusing to eat
- Longer periods of quiet than usual
- Lower activity levels
- Prolonged irritability
If your baby shows any of these signs following a bump to the head, you should have his or her brain checked out using qEEG Brain Mapping. A brain map can show if your child’s brain has been injured and is not working properly after the hit. It will show you where in the brain it has been affected and what to do to recover from the injury as fast as possible.
Concussions in Toddlers and Young Children
Concussions in young children are difficult to determine because you can’t be fully sure if they are showing signs of concussion in the classic sense.
Use these signs and symptoms as a guide post when trying to figure out if your child’ brain has been injured after a fall or a bump. If you see changes in behavior it is likely that your child’s brain needs to be evaluated for injury.
Signs your young child might have a concussion:
- Loss of a recently acquired skill
- Fussier eater
- Cries more
- Sleep patterns change
- Irritable and cranky
If your son or daughter has taken a fall and has hit his or her head, it is worth having it checked out by a trained brain functioning doctor who uses qEEG Brain Mapping to see, and then show you, if your child’s fall was hard enough to cause temporary or permanent damage.
Does having ADHD make concussions worse?
Yes. Yes it does. ADHD is a brain functioning pattern in which the brain is using too much slow processing speed. When the brain is injured due to a hit, the speed is knocked slow and low. If the speed is already running slow from ADHD, the brain after being hit can run dangerously slow making symptoms much worse and recovery longer and harder. If you know you have ADHD or suspect you due and are involved in a high risk activity for concussion, like sports, you should have your brain evaluated prior to playing so that baseline information can be recorded in case you get hit. If the doctor has a qEEG Brain Map of your brain functioning, he or she will know exactly how to help you if you get a concussion.
If your baby or child has recently suffered a concussion, to any extent, and you are still worried about him or her, call (919) 401-9933 of complete the form below to more information on how Dr. Leigh can help your baby or children recover from their concussion.
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