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My Child Fell And Hit Her Head
How long after a child hits his head would you expect signs of a concussion? My son fell backwards off of his chair onto a hard floor. He is 3.
Closed Head Injuries: Closed head injuries in children are relatively common due to their activity level and altered center of gravity. Most serious head injuries are associated with loss of consciousness, seizure and immediate vomiting. Serious injuries rarely become apparent within 24-48 hours after the injury and are associated with multiple episodes of vomiting, altered mental status, seizures, etc, ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do you think my child has a contusion or a concussion? My son is 3 i took him the e.R. Today he fell and hit head on our tile floor. It sounded like his skull cracked. When they done the CT scan it showed up normal and they said it was a contusion, and wh
A : A concussion is simply traumatic brain injury as the result to a direct or indirect blow to the head. A ct can rule out fracture or bleeding but cannot diagnose a concussion. A contussion is merely the outer swelling/bruising of the skin and head. Symptoms of concussion include: altered level of consciousness, headache, nasea/vomiting, etc. At this point in time the most important things to rule out are bleed/fracture which the ct did. Now you just need to monitor for improvement. ...Read more
Depends: It depends how hard they hit their head. Sometimes the bump pops up within a few minutes. Sometimes it gradually comes on over the next few hours. Applying ice and pressure would help prevent the swelling, but most toddlers hate the ice. The bump is caused by blood and fluid building up under the skin. It can last several weeks. ...Read more
If a 2 year old child has fallen from a regular dining chair and hit the back or side of his head, what should we look for?
Change in behavior: Obviously, bleeding should be managed first, but after that i would recommend you follow his behavior closely. If he seems confused or not aware of you, you should seek help immediately. He may cry and vomit after the episode, but vomiting later or more than once should give you cause for alarm. ...Read more
I have a scar where a pole fell on my head as a child 16 yrs ago. Although it is long healed, it is still sensitive and sometimes burns. Why is this?
Scar: The underlying scar tissue may be irritating the peripheral nerves of your head causing occasional pain. ...Read more
Dresser tipped, hit 3yr old on head but did not land on her.Child cried right away, no bleeding or bump visible. She seems normal.Is she probably ok?
Yes: When something hits a small child on the head or when she falls on her head from a distance of less than 5 feet, cries right away, the chances of any internal brain injury are very very small, as shown by a study at the er of a boston hospital some years ago. So you can be reassured and go on loving her. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Look for Changes...: Look for changes in behavior. Children hit their heads often; most do very well after an accident. Crying in this case is good unless it is prolonged. Look for excessive sleepiness, vomiting, or change in mental status. If a bump (goose egg) is there and there is no bleeding, try a cold compress or sack of frozen peas. If vomiting does occur call your doctor or go directly to the er. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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My child was playing he hit his head on corner he cryed and got light headed but seemes to be ok niw what should I do. Can he sleep?
Monitor closely: A child's age, mental health status, and degree of force need to be take, in consideration before assuming things will be ok.Young infants, children with changes in behavior or physical status and those who have suffered a signifcant blow to the head, should be ssen or at the very least discussed with your md.Any anomalies during next fre days call or see md asap, safe better than sorry. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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