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
  • Use Anti-inflammatories
  • Take excessive amounts of painkillers (follow doctor’s orders).
  • Place yourself in an environment of loud noise and excessive light
  • Stare at screens (cell phones, tablets, computers or televisions) for long periods (more than 30 minutes)
  • Exercise strenuously until re-evaluation by a doctor (light, daily physical activity is encouraged)

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