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Most head injuries are minor. Still, severe head injuries and concussions can happen. Serious head injuries can cause bruising or bleeding in the brain and will require immediate medical attention.
If a head injury happens, always contact the child's parents. Even mild head injuries may need to be monitored for 24 hours.
Possible signs and symptoms of a mild head injury include:
Possible signs and symptoms of a serious head injury include:
If a child has a head injury:
If the injury is minor, let the parents know and watch the child closely to make sure he or she is safe.
To help prevent head injuries:
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: September 2015
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.