First 48 Hours

Always make sure that you are in the presence of a responsible adult for 48 hours.

Record and monitor the symptoms of concussion including headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, sleep disturbances, memory lapses, mood swings, poor concentration or any other feeling that concerns you.


  • Consume alcohol
  • Take excessive amounts of painkillers (follow doctor’s orders). Avoid Anti-Inflammatories.
  • Place yourself in an environment of loud noise and excessive light
  • Study
  • Work at the computer
  • Exercise until re-evaluation by a doctor

Contact your nearest Emergency Department immediately if:

  • Any of the symptoms deteriorate
  • The headache becomes severe or does not respond to mild analgesics (e.g. Panado)
  • You have a seizure (fit)
  • You experience excessive irritability
  • You experience visual disturbances
  • You experience balance problems
  • You or anyone else is concerned about your condition