Information about Head Injuries in Young Children
Written by greg on June 10, 2015
Without a doubt, children are not only our most precious asset, but if they become injured it can often feel earth-shattering. Children, being as inquisitive and adventurous as they are, can sometimes bump their heads, however, even though most head injuries are generally minor in nature it is equally essential to understand what can happen with more serious head injuries.
Please keep in mind that the following information is for children that are two years or older. If your child is younger than two years, one should seek after immediate medical help if they suffer any kind of head injury, no matter how minor.
Additionally, it is also important to take this information as a way to be more insightful rather than as medical advice. That said, if your child bumps there head, you must immediately monitor the child’s condition.
Signs of a Brain Injury in Children
If your child has a serious injury, it can often involve the following:
- A headache that gets continuously worse.
- Slurred speech or confusion.
- Dizziness that continues and does not seem to be going away.
- Extreme irritability, anger, or other behavior that could be seen as abnormal.
- Vomiting more than 2 to 3 times during the same interval or within the same day.
- The child has difficulty walking or is stumbling.
- If there is oozing blood or watery fluid from the nose or ears.
- Difficulty waking up or excessive sleepiness.
- Unequal size of the pupils (check for the dark center part of the eyes, and ensure that each part is exactly the same on both eyes)
- The child has double vision, or has blurry vision
- The skin has unusual paleness that lasts for more than an hour.
- The child is riddled with seizures, or has any kind of convulsions.
- There is weakness in the arms or legs.
- Ears are said to have persistent ringing.
Your child should be monitored for these symptoms for the next 24 hours, right after the injury has occurred.
Remember, there are often external (scalp) areas to look out for; however there are also internal head injuries, which may involve the skull, blood vessels, or the brain. Even though these parts of the body are obviously not seen, this does not mean they have not been damaged even though there is not a physical sign of a cut.
As such, if your child has any of the aforementioned symptoms, one should take their child to the doctor’s office or a hospital right away. If your child loses consciousness, it is imperative that you call 911 immediately. This will allow medical personnel, such as an EMT, to run tests in order to gauge the seriousness of the injury. It is imperative that you take these symptoms into account.
As mentioned, even though the child may not have external injuries, such as a physical cut on the scalp, one should still be vigilant in monitoring their child in order to ensure that they are okay, and free from harm.
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