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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What must I do if my toddler falls and hits his head?

What must I  do if my  toddler falls and hits his head?

Several cues: The kid who is not knocked out, disoriented or confused @ the time of the injury is probably fine. Confusion or repeated episodes of vomiting in the hours after trauma deserve a look over by the dr.Kids under 8 can be allowed to nap on their regular schedule, with you checking in on occasion.They wake up and barf with a change of status.Any change in personality deserves a visit. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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Head Trauma (Definition)

Any injury to the face, skull, or brain as a result of blunt force, or penetrating trauma. It can also occur due to rapid ...Read more


Dr. Ernest Bordini Dr. Bordini
Clinical Psychology
28 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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My 21m toddler hit his head with a pole in the subway. He didn't cry. He was normal and active after. He vomits that day once then once 4 day later.

My 21m toddler hit his head with a pole in the subway. He didn't cry. He was normal and active after. He vomits that day once then once 4 day later.

ER care: Toddlers often dont show the same concussion symptoms as adults, if there has been vomiting that day and the following it could reflect a more serious concussion - though no individual advice can be given here - these circumstance would sugget not delaying getting medical care even if it means going to an er now. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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Any recommendations prior to urgent care? 6 yeat old toddler fell from a bike hit his head now has a swelling to his frontal foreheaded area.

Any recommendations prior to urgent care? 6 yeat old toddler fell from a bike hit his head now has a swelling to his frontal foreheaded area.

Observation for now: If he is alert and playful, apply cold compresses to his forehead if he is vomiting ANS is not himself take him to the er. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox Dr. Cox
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine
41 years in practice
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Got hit on the head by toddler. With. Wooden toy. Having headache painful eyes but headache is getting better slowly. Happened 6 hours ago. ?

Got hit on the head by toddler. With. Wooden toy. Having headache painful eyes but headache is getting better slowly.  Happened 6 hours ago. ?

Minimal Impact: This was likely very painful but is a minimal impact injury. If your headache increases, you have problems with nausea or vomiting, or your thoughts are confused go to the ER for an assessment. It is OK to take Tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Toddler fell & hit head minth ago. Got a nasty bruise but was fine. He still has a little petechia in that area w/a small hard bump under skin. Ok?

Toddler fell & hit head minth ago. Got a  nasty bruise but was fine. He still has a little petechia in that area w/a small hard bump under skin.  Ok?

Yes it should be OK: Yes it should be ok.It is not unusual to have a bump persisting after a month and may have some color changes as well. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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My two year old toddler has hit his head so many times since he was a baby. He's fallen of chairs and sofa while playing, can it cause brain tumors?

My two year old toddler has hit his head so many times since he was a baby. He's fallen of chairs and sofa while playing, can it cause brain tumors?

No: We do have a lot of experience with toddlers falling.The most significant association I find is the cut under the chin from hitting some stationary object.There is no association of these common events with brain tumors. ...Read more

Dr. Deborah Ungerleider Dr. Ungerleider
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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My toddler ran into the corner of a wall hit his forehead. Bump felt like it was filled with something. couple days later his entire forehead is squis?

My toddler ran into the corner of a wall hit his forehead. Bump felt like it was filled with something. couple days later his entire forehead is squis?

This may just be: the underlying fluid/blood from the initial bruise, just spreading out under the superficial tissue, but at his age, I wouldn't take a chance. You should take him to his pediatrician to be examined. ...Read more

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Dr. Clarene Cress Dr. Cress
Pediatrics
years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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Dr. Jay Bradley Dr. Bradley
Ophthalmology - LASIK Surgery
14 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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Dr. Frine Roca Dr. Roca
Pediatrics
39 years in practice
Cebu Institute of Medicine
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My toddler got a bump and cut on his head. How should I treat it?

My toddler got a bump and cut on his head. How should I treat it?

Wound care: If the cut is superficial, just clean it up with warm soapy water and put a band aid or a steri-strip. For a bump, put on some ice to stop the swelling. ...Read more

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Dr. Kristi Woods Dr. Woods
Pediatrics
19 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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My toddler bumped his head pretty hard. Should I worry?

My toddler bumped his head pretty hard. Should I worry?

Monitor closely: If there was no loss of consciousness, no change in how the child is acting, no vomiting, then it is probably OK. Watch for any change in mental status (confusion, walking or talking differently, just not acting right) as well as persistent vomiting, or excessive sleepiness. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz Dr. Franz
Pediatrics
years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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I have a 2 year toddler he gets on the bed every tym i turn my head he has fallen meny tyms how do I now wen to tak him to the hospital or dr?

I have a 2 year toddler  he gets on the bed every tym i turn my head he has fallen meny tyms how do I now wen to tak him to the hospital or dr?

Change in behavior: If he ever has a loss of consciousness for even a few seconds from a fall, take hi to the hospital. If after a fall he has a change in behavior within 12-24 hours...More aggressive or so lethargic i he is hard to wake up, take him to hospital. Usually a fall from a bed is not a big problem as it is not a far distance....And ultimately take him when ever you are worried. ...Read more

Dr. Olivia Liao Dr. Liao
Ophthalmology
27 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Is it true that if a toddler bumps his head pretty hard and there was some damage or concussion, symptoms would most likey show up within 4 hrs?

Watch for 8 hrs: It would be extremely unlikely to have significant bleeding, but watch for unusual sleepiness, difference in pupil size, nausea/vomitting. Concussions have variable presentation and symptoms can show up even after 12 hours. You know your child best, and can tell if there is anything worrisome going on. ...Read more

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Dr. Amy Halanski Dr. Halanski
Pediatrics
14 years in practice
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My toddler often gets fevers of 101-ish just on his head. Is it weird that his body is "cool"(98-ish) while the forehead thermometer reads 101?

My toddler often gets fevers of 101-ish just on his head. Is it weird that his body is "cool"(98-ish) while the forehead thermometer reads 101?

Not a true fever: When we have a fever, our whole body is hot. It's just easier to measure our temperature on our foreheads, mouths, or armpits. Your little guy is just releasing extra body heat out of the head. This is very normal; this is why we wear hats in the winter to keep the heat in, not lost to the environment. ...Read more

Dr. Holly Maes Dr. Maes
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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My toddler has lymph nodes on back of head. They feel like they are stuck together. I feel an indent between them but they move together. Normal?

My toddler has lymph nodes on back of head. They feel like they are stuck together. I feel an indent between them but they move together. Normal?

Likely normal: Those nodes on the back of the head, the occipital nodes, service most of the scalp. So if your toddler has any scalp irritation, be it a little cradle cap to bug bites on scalp to irritation from too tight of braiding of hair, these nodes can enlarge and wax and wane in size. As long as they are not getting bigger...Bigger...Bigger, and are not red/hot/very tender, they can be watched. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick Dr. Novick
Pediatrics
54 years in practice
University of Bern Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Nguyen Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Pediatrics
46 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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Excessive sweating of a toddler while at sleep. and cold to touch, starting from his head down to back. what's the real problem?

Excessive sweating of a toddler while at sleep. and cold to touch, starting from his head down to back. what's  the real problem?

Sweating at night: Children's heads have a large surface area and they sweat to dissipate heat. If he is an active sleeper and wears a one-piece sleeper, is covered with a blanket, he may be sweating from the heat generated by his moving around. His head would have the most sweat then. If he is completely normal otherwise, it is not a problem. Double check that with your pediatrician next time you see him/her. ...Read more