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Study Details Child Concussion Symptoms

In a study, most children with concussions felt better within 2 weeks. But some emotional symptoms that did not show up at first were among the most lasting, the study found. The study included 235 children and young adults who were diagnosed with concussions in an emergency room. They answered questions about symptoms regularly during the next 3 months, or until symptoms went away. When they first went to the ER, children's most common symptoms were headache, fatigue, dizziness and taking longer to think. The symptoms most likely to develop later included sleep problems, frustration and forgetfulness. Symptoms that lasted longest were irritability and sleep problems (a median of 16 days each). Next came frustration and poor concentration (14 days each). One month after injury, nearly 25% still complained of headache.

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