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My 21 month old hit head she fell while strapped in her booster seat her chair tipped over and fell back...Pretty sure she hit her head?

My 21 month old hit head she fell while strapped in her booster seat her chair tipped over and fell back...Pretty sure she hit her head?

See below: If see a large bruise of bump, especially over the back or side of head, child has vomiting, or lost consciousness, is inconsolable of unresponsive ( lethargic), is wobbly on feet, has clear drainage from nose or ears, or just doesn't look right to you, - get seen asap. ...Read more

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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


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2 month old forcefully hit her head into my head while I was burping her. Could this hurt her head/brain?

2 month old forcefully hit her head into my head while I was burping her. Could this hurt her head/brain?

Head Bonk!: Oh gosh, so sorry to hear this. This does not sound like a concerning mechanism to me for serious injury. Does she have a contusion ( bruise ) forming? Watch her for signs of poor feeding or sleepiness at an unusual time of day. Go ahead and put her down for a nap at nap time If she vomits or appears sick to you, have her seen by your pediatrician. Again, this mechanism is very low risk. ...Read more

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Grandaughter was tumbling, landed on her head on her head and fell into coffee table. Now complaining that her neck hurts. Should she go to emergency?

Grandaughter was tumbling, landed on her head on her head and fell into coffee table. Now complaining that her neck hurts. Should she go to emergency?

Consider it: Although a serious injury such as a neck fracture would be uncommon with the mechanism of injury you have described, persistent neck pain especially if associated with abnormal range of motion of the head, weakness or referred pain should be evaluated promptly. ...Read more

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Should i stop my autistic grandson when he bangs his head on the hard wood floor?

Should i stop my autistic grandson when he bangs his head on the hard wood floor?

Yes: He may be doing it related to pain but usually is behavioral and related to experiencing some type of emotion like frustration or anger. The frustration may be from not being able to communicate his needs. In the short term you should safely protect him. This may mean holding him in your lap or lying next to him on the floor. Allow little room for movement and try deep pressure which can calm. ...Read more

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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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Hi my daughter fell hit her head picked her up her eyes rolled back and started to shake they later on noes started getting runny?

Hi my daughter fell hit her head picked her up her eyes rolled back and started to shake they later on noes started getting runny?

Closed head : Injury with possible seizures . It is urgent that you take your daughter to see her pediatrician or go to the emergency if she has other signs and symptoms ASAP! Runny nose may not be related to the incident. Do not give her any pain medications to avoid masking other signs and symptoms before being seen. ...Read more

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2 month old hit side of head into my head while I was burping her. Will this hurt her head?

2 month old hit side of head into my head while I was burping her. Will this hurt her head?

No: She is unlikely to be able to generate enough force to hurt herself. Is she back to her sunny eating and cooing self? Will be fine. ...Read more

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My 14 month old daughter keep throwing herself hitting her head and mouth?

My 14 month old daughter keep throwing herself hitting her head and mouth?

Serious problem: This suggests that she is ih the autistic spectrum. You strongly need medical advice locally. ...Read more

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My 20mo old son just started rolling his eyes back in his head and blinking when he gets tired &when he tilts his head up to drink.Should I b worried?

My 20mo old son just started rolling his eyes back in his head and blinking when he gets tired &when he tilts his head up to drink.Should I b worried?

Time for a checkup: It could be nothing, but he needs a once over by a doctor. A little playful examination by the doctor should decide whether your son needs any further testing. I know it's a pain, but it's worth the inconvenience. ...Read more

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My son bangs his head since newborn now he's almost 4 and he still bangs his head . He functions normal otherwise please help?

My son bangs his head since newborn now he's almost 4 and he still bangs his head . He functions normal otherwise please help?

Temper tantrum: Most of the time children persist in head banging (or other temper tantrums) because it works for them- it gets them what they want. Stop responding to the head banging! walk away and don't give in to the behavior. When he calms down and speaks appropriately, then give him your attention (but don't give him what he wanted). When he finds out it doesn't work, he'll stop banging his head. ...Read more

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My son fell and hit his head and has a huge knot--what should I do?

My son fell and hit his head and has a huge knot--what should I do?

Head injury: How old is your son? In infants theri skull is very thin and has a higher chanvce of fracture. If yor son cried right away and had no loss of consciousness and has nbo other neurological deficits that you see, you could take your tiem to take him to the docotr otherwise you may need to take him to the ed if he has neurologial symptoms. ...Read more

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My 6 years old son was hit on the head using his classmate fist. now my son experience severe head ache, high fever and vomiting too.

My 6 years old son was hit on the head using his classmate fist. now my son experience severe head ache, high fever and vomiting too.

See Your Doctor Now: 6 yr old "hit on head...severe headache, hi fever & vomiting". Your child has symptoms of a serious nature. Your son's headache could be related to the trauma however, the presence of fever and vomiting suggest he may have a serious infection. Your son should see his doctor IMMEDIATELY to ensure correct diagnosis and prompt treatment. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old fell off the couch backwards. He hit his head on the carpeted floor. Cried right away. Should I call our dr? He is now sleeping since its his bedtime.

My 2 yr old fell off the couch backwards.  He hit his head on the carpeted floor.  Cried right away.  Should I call our dr?  He is now sleeping since its his bedtime.

Monitor over time: Always perform a quick full body survey to see if any lumps, bumps or abrasions are evident. If your son is arousable and interactive and alert after his sleep, you should be fine. Loss of consciousness, persisistent irritable behavior, crying or persisitent vomiting are signs suggestive of more serious phenomena-necessitating an evaluation with your doctor or emergency dept. ...Read more

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My daughter hit her head real hard and she cut it shes says she has a headache isshe ok?

Maybe: Headaches after a bump on the head are common. If it lasts more than a day or is accompanied by other symptoms such as dizziness, pain when looking at light, sensitivity to hearing, trouble remembering, trouble falling or staying asleep, or change in personality you should see your doctor to have her evaluated for a concussion. With concussion have your child avoid activity or sports until healed. ...Read more

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My 6mo son hit himself with toy keys pretty hard and he cried. He now has a soft lump on his forehead where the keys hit. Contact doctor?

My 6mo son hit himself with toy keys pretty hard and he cried. He now has a soft lump on his forehead where the keys hit. Contact doctor?

Soft tissue swelling: Your child has soft tissue swelling secondary to his trauma. As long as he is alert and not sleepy, hasnt vomited or passed out, i would monitor him for symptoms. In the meantime you can apply cold compresses to his forehead. ...Read more

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7 week old was sitting on my lap when she threw her head backwards & hit the back of her head into my chest. Will this hurt her head/brain?

7 week old was sitting on my lap when she threw her head backwards & hit the back of her head into my chest. Will this hurt her head/brain?

No: She is unlikely to be able to generate enough force to hurt herself. Is she back to her sunny eating and cooing self? Will be fine. ...Read more

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My child fell and hit his cheek on the ground. His cheek is badly swollen. What should we do?

My child fell and hit his cheek on the ground. His cheek is badly swollen. What should we do?

Keep him comforable: It is often very difficult seeing your child getting hurt and having to see the beautiful face bruised and swollen is even harder. But fortunately children heal fast and well. If the skin is not torn and child is not in too much pain, u don't need to do much--just keep an eye on him/her. Tylenol/motrin if needed for pain. It should get better in 2-3 days. If worsens, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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My husband fell backwards and banger his his head had a seizure cannot drive 12 month why ?

My husband fell backwards and banger his his head had a seizure cannot drive 12 month why ?

Good question.: Why did he fall backward? (Which came first the seizure, the fall) Why did he have a seizure 5 years ago ? What did the neurologic exam show. What did the EEG show ? If he has been given this restriction why is he not being treated for recurrent unprovoked seizures? (Epilepsy) You need to sit down with his Neurologist and carefully go back over this. (or seek the opinion of another Neurologist) ...Read more