A minor head injury is sometimes hard to distinguish
from a more serious injury to the brain even when there is no visible bleeding
or injury on the outside of the skull.
Check for the following
changes immediately after a head injury:
A decrease in
level of consciousness following a head injury may
signal a life-threatening problem caused by bleeding, injury, or swelling
within or around the brain. A child's level of consciousness can deteriorate
suddenly or gradually. This change can be permanent or temporary.
If a parent or caregiver can't be sure that a child was conscious
following a head injury, a visit to a doctor is needed for further
April 5, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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