CHILDREN WITH HEAD INJURIES
Your child has sustained a head injury, and following a thorough examination we are satisfied that the injury is not serious. It is expected that recovery will be rapid and complete.
DO expect your child to feel generally miserable and 'off color'. Do not force your child to eat, but make sure they have enough to
DO expect your child to be more tired than usual. Allow your child to sleep if they want to. Just pop in to see them every couple of hours.Do not be confused between normal sleeping and unconsciousness - someone who is unconscious cannot be woken up - you need to be satisfied that they are reacting normally to
DO expect your child to have a headache - Paracetamol may be given for this.
DO keep your child quite and resting as much as possible. Keep your child away from school; discourage active games, watching television and reading until the symptoms subside.The symptoms of head injuries should improve steadily, and the child should be back to normal within a few days. Even after a minor head injury, complications may occur, but these are rare.
If symptoms worsen, or you notice any of the following signs|
· Difficulty in waking from sleep
· Appears confused, or is not understanding what is being said to him or her
· Complaining of severe headache, or trouble with their eyesight
· Cries more than usual, or is more difficult to settle than usual
· Becomes irritable
· Has any kind of attack which you think is a fit
· If your child starts to vomit
Then you are advised to contact your doctor or the Emergency Department without delay