When to Call the Doctor about Head Injuries

Whether it’s from a spill on a bike, a fall from a tree or a hard hit on the field, a knock on the head should never be taken lightly. Head injuries can range from minor to severe. So, how can you tell the difference between a bump on the head and something more serious, such as a concussion? Here are some guidelines so that you will know what to do if your child has a head injury.

Call your doctor if the following symptoms occur after a head injury:

  • Balance problems
  • Blurred vision
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Confusion
  • Headache that is not relieved by pain medicine
  • Irritability
  • Lightheadedness and/or dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Problems with memory and/or concentration
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Sensitivity to noise and light

Call 9-1-1 or seek immediate medical attention if any of the following symptoms occur after a head injury:

  • Blood or clear fluid draining from the ears or nose
  • Deep cut or laceration in the scalp
  • Difficulty remembering the events that led right up to and through the traumatic event
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Repeated nausea and vomiting
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Severe headache that does not go away
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble standing or walking
  • Uneven pupils (dark area in the center of the eye)
  • Weakness in one side or area of the body

There are other actions you can take as well. Learn the proper way to treat a head injury and take precautions to help prevent head injuries including wearing a bicycle helmet, buckling your seatbelt and wearing the appropriate sports equipment when at play.

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