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4 yr old fell back onto concrete; hit head, but was somewhat braced by arm. Showing no signs of concussion, & is running around. Take to dr?
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Allison Greco
General Practice
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes!
An epidural hematoma is caused by a blow to the head, in the temple area.
These involve bleeding that is initially confined between membranes within the skull cavity, so a person may appear totally normal at first. Undiagnosed and untreated, pressure builds, can be rapidly fatal. (natasha richardson ring a bell?) bleed around brain (subdural hematoma) can cause delayed mental status changes. C md.

In brief: Yes!
An epidural hematoma is caused by a blow to the head, in the temple area.
These involve bleeding that is initially confined between membranes within the skull cavity, so a person may appear totally normal at first. Undiagnosed and untreated, pressure builds, can be rapidly fatal. (natasha richardson ring a bell?) bleed around brain (subdural hematoma) can cause delayed mental status changes. C md.
Allison Greco
Allison Greco
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
By definition a backward fall has limited momentum & bracing negates some of the impact.
If into a corner or edge with a visable defect, a period of loss of consciousness, dizziness or disorientation or recurrent vomiting, i'd go see the dr. If kid cried immediately, rubbed head & resumed play at similar intensity, i'd monitor.

In brief: Depends
By definition a backward fall has limited momentum & bracing negates some of the impact.
If into a corner or edge with a visable defect, a period of loss of consciousness, dizziness or disorientation or recurrent vomiting, i'd go see the dr. If kid cried immediately, rubbed head & resumed play at similar intensity, i'd monitor.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Robert Cabry
Sports Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Observe
Its ok to just observe, if the child looks tired or confused or if there is vomiting, go to the er.

In brief: Observe
Its ok to just observe, if the child looks tired or confused or if there is vomiting, go to the er.
Dr. Robert Cabry
Dr. Robert Cabry
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