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A 30-year-old female asked:

My 4 month old baby fell from couch, flat on his back and hit his head,he was crying for 3-4 minutes then he was smiling and giggling.is he ok?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ellen Altenburg
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Probably: Can not make that call, but the fact that he is smiling is a good sign. Here is some information as to what to look for following a head injury: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/injuries-emergencies/Pages/Head-Injury.aspx
Dr. Gregory Tichenor
Emergency Medicine 32 years experience
Probably fine: A fall from that height usually doesn't cause a serious injury. As long as he is acting normally and not vomiting he is probably fine. If he has a large bruise on the head someone should examine him especially if it is not on the forehead. Most of the time a CT scan is not needed.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Impossible to tell..: Intracranial brain damage, called concussion, such as contact athletes commonly suffer, disrupt neural circuits & may tear the crucial fragile capillaries producing cerebral microhemorrhages/?more bleeding. Likely there is not anything useful that anyone can do after the fact, though the younger people are the more they seem able to recover, partially at least, from injuries. Minimize recurrence.

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