Anyone, either adult or child, who has suffered a severe bang or blow to the
head should be kept under observation by a responsible adult for up to 24 hours.
If in doubt about the significance of any symptoms seek medical assistance.
It is best to err on the side of being over cautious in the case of head injury.
How should a concussed patient recuperate?
Most of the symptoms of concussion will disappear within a few weeks. Some
people suffer recurrent headache for several months after the event and may
need considerable reassurance. In the immediate aftermath of the event the person
should be encouraged to rest and to avoid physical stress and strain for a few
Will there be permanent brain damage?
Generally, the younger the patient who suffers a concussion, the better their
chances of achieving a complete recovery. In cases where the concussion has
been particularly severe, or if the patient does not take sufficient rest to
enable the brain injury to heal, there is a small risk that the symptoms may
remain for months or may even become permanent.
There is known to be a risk of epilepsy after concussion and this risk is particularly
high among people who are engaged in boxing, where they may suffer from repeated
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