Most head injuries are minor and, usually, kids will only hurt the outside of their head.
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. They may want to watch for any unusual behavior for the next 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 sustains a head injury:
If the injury is minor, watch the child closely to make sure he or she is safe.
To help prevent head injuries:
Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD
Date reviewed: January 2011
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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