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Note: You should not be left alone after a concussion. If no adult can stay with the injured person, let the doctor know.
Have someone call 911 or your emergency number if you can't fully wake up or have a seizures or convulsions.
Don’t take medicine unless approved by your healthcare provider. Try placing a cold, damp cloth on your head to help relieve a headache.
Ask the doctor before using any medicines.
Don't drink alcohol or take sedatives or medicines that make you sleepy.
Don't return to sports or any activity that could cause you to hit your head until all symptoms are gone and you have been cleared by your doctor. A second head injury before fully recovering from the first one can lead to serious brain injury.
Don't do activities that need a lot of concentration or a lot of attention. This will allow your brain to rest and heal more quickly.
Return to regular physical and mental activity as directed and approved by your healthcare provider.
For the first day or two, it may be best not to sleep for long periods of time without being checked for alertness. Follow the doctor’s instructions.
☐ Have someone wake you every ____ hours for the next ____ hours. He or she should ask you questions to check for alertness.
☐ OK to sleep through the night.
If you notice any of the following, call the healthcare provider:
Vomiting. Some vomiting is common, but tell the provider about any vomiting.
Clear or bloody drainage from the nose or ear
Constant drowsiness or difficulty in waking up
Confusion or memory loss
Blurred vision or any vision changes
Inability to walk or talk normally
Increased weakness or problems with coordination
Constant, unrelieved headache that becomes more severe
Changes in behavior or personality
High-pitched crying in infants
Signs of stroke such as paralysis of parts of the body
Uncrontrolled movements suggesting a seizure
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