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2 yo hit head-on cement 2 days ago. No loss of consciousness or crying. Small bump forehead. Eat & drinking fine. Very irritable today. Also getting molars. No other symptoms of brain injury. Should i worry?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Probably not

The symptoms you describe are not likely to indicate a concussion.
If you continue to have concerns, see your pediatrician.

In brief: Probably not

The symptoms you describe are not likely to indicate a concussion.
If you continue to have concerns, see your pediatrician.
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cranky after fall

The irritability could be from a headache (less from teething) especially if bump is tender. A non-displaced fracture can produce pain.
Although not related to the accident, check him for fever as that may cause the symptom as well. It might not be a bad idea to have him checked for other undetected body injuries by his pediatrician.

In brief: Cranky after fall

The irritability could be from a headache (less from teething) especially if bump is tender. A non-displaced fracture can produce pain.
Although not related to the accident, check him for fever as that may cause the symptom as well. It might not be a bad idea to have him checked for other undetected body injuries by his pediatrician.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Likely no

Sounds like you have been well educated in what to look for, and have reviewed the key aspects.
Without loss of consciousness, and the injury 2 days ago, a serious problem is very unlikely. As acting and acting ine, the molars can easily be the cause of irritability. Good to be so aware and attentive!

In brief: Likely no

Sounds like you have been well educated in what to look for, and have reviewed the key aspects.
Without loss of consciousness, and the injury 2 days ago, a serious problem is very unlikely. As acting and acting ine, the molars can easily be the cause of irritability. Good to be so aware and attentive!
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
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In brief: FYI on concussion

I agree with colleagues that @ 2 days out & no Hx of mental status changes that chances of really bad stuff brewing are highly unlikely.
Irritability could be due to other things. However, let's be clear on one point, concussions (i.e. TBI's) no longer defined as requiring "loss of consciousness" & subtle neuro changes can occur over time. Took good whack.Bump proves that.

In brief: FYI on concussion

I agree with colleagues that @ 2 days out & no Hx of mental status changes that chances of really bad stuff brewing are highly unlikely.
Irritability could be due to other things. However, let's be clear on one point, concussions (i.e. TBI's) no longer defined as requiring "loss of consciousness" & subtle neuro changes can occur over time. Took good whack.Bump proves that.
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Frontal head trauma can cause either frank or subtle CN IV misalignment to occur. Only good neuro-ophth exam will show this in a child of 2. Furthermore, subtle damage to the brain could've still occurred and so changes in behavior which are more chronic and insidious could occur and passed off as irritability and other things. I'd recommend a good neurological examination as a precaution.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine

In brief: Head injury; teethin

Is irritability new since head injury or was it present before due to teething? Depending on answer, may wish 2 have child seen by pediatrician for subtle signs of concussion.
Otherwise, reduce swelling with ice off & on. Watch for extreme drowsiness, projectile vomiting, personality changes, fluid from ears.

In brief: Head injury; teethin

Is irritability new since head injury or was it present before due to teething? Depending on answer, may wish 2 have child seen by pediatrician for subtle signs of concussion.
Otherwise, reduce swelling with ice off & on. Watch for extreme drowsiness, projectile vomiting, personality changes, fluid from ears.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine

In brief: Probably not

If symptoms of drowsiness or vomiting occur usually indicative of serious intracranial injury.
If eating well a good sign. Lumps on head following trauma can be related to fracture, hematoma, etc. Soreness from this can cause irritability. If irritability continues should see your physician, may order ct examination of the head.

In brief: Probably not

If symptoms of drowsiness or vomiting occur usually indicative of serious intracranial injury.
If eating well a good sign. Lumps on head following trauma can be related to fracture, hematoma, etc. Soreness from this can cause irritability. If irritability continues should see your physician, may order ct examination of the head.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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