Trouble staying alert
If the victim is not attentive and fully oriented within at least 30 minutes after the trauma, that’s a big concern. However, the Mayo Clinic explains that some concussion symptoms may not show up immediately. Monitor the victim for signs of confusion, amnesia around the traumatic event, and delayed responses to questions.
Bleeding from the ear
If you’re not sure that there’s been a direct injury to the ear, get evaluated: Blood dripping from an ear could signal a serious skull fracture that has damaged a blood vessel or even the lining around the brain. Make sure you don’t fall for these common concussion myths that you assume are true.