After a Concussion
Call 911 or your emergency number if the person with the concussion will not wake up or has seizures or convulsions.
You or someone close to you has had a mild concussion (a head injury). During the first 48 hours after the injury, watch closely for signs of problems. Follow the doctor’s advice about recovering at home. Use the tips on this handout as a guide.
The First 48 Hours
Ask the doctor before using any medications.
Awaken to check alertness as often as the health care provider suggests.
Eat light. Clear liquids such as broth or gelatin are good choices. Don’t drink alcohol.
Rest for 2 or 3 days, then slowly return to normal activities.
Tips About Sleeping
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.
Wake every ____ hours for the next ____ hours. Ask questions to check for alertness.
Okay to sleep through the night.
Note: A person should not be left alone after a concussion. If no adult can stay with the injured person, let the doctor know.
When to Call the Doctor
If you notice any of the following, call the doctor or health care provider: