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How to spot concussion symptoms in your kids

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

This time of year during football season you hear a lot about concussions. America's youth can be especially vulnerable, and this is a big issue for a lot of families.

Fox 32's Anita Padilla, who has her own personal story.

Anita says if anybody knows exactly what it's like for a parent to have to deal with a child who has a concussion it's her. It's very scary for the child and for the parent who is trying to search for answers only to be told that you could have done something about it sooner.

My kid Seth didn't know the meaning of taking it easy, until a few years ago when our overzealous boxer Sam flipped Seth over onto his head while playing football in the yard. Seth blacked out and didn't remember anything and felt sick. He had a concussion.

"I started seeing weird things, not hallucinations but kind of like pixels and floaties. I started feeling dizzy all the time," Seth said.

After seeing a doctor he got better and returned to Tae Kwon Do and gym classes, but not long after that he was riding double on a scooter with a friend. Neither was wearing a helmet when they fell and hit the ground. This time the symptoms were different and we didn't catch it until several weeks and several specialists later.

"When I'm laying in my bed I felt like something was rocking me back and forth. When I stared at something it started moving to the side, it freaked me out," Seth said.

He even wrote about his problems in a note to Santa asking for help with his eyes. Dr. Gaurav Yadaba diagnosed him with post concussive, a serious disorder that can last weeks, even months. The pediatric neurologist says concussions are brain injuries and can happen to a child at any age during any activity.

"I think the biggest risk that we have after a head injury is suffering a second head injury while the brain is still healing from that first head injury. We call that second impact syndrome," Dr. Yadaba said.

He says vision problems, nausea and headaches are indications of a concussion. Look for mood changes, or worse yet, loss of focus or forgetfulness. His message to parents - not every child becomes a pro ballplayer but everybody needs their brain to function.

"In the larger scheme of things, we don't want to have the child suffering permanent damage to the brain that could impact them on a functional way of life later on," Dr. Yadaba said.

Doctors say it's not just the football players or the cheerleaders. They are seeing more of that as well. It's everyday children suffering from these concussions. So parents, listen so to your children. If they tell you they have headaches and vision problems, pay attention.

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