13 Sep Minor Head Injuries in Children
A minor head injury mostly results from a blow or when something hits the head. It may be a result of falling down, being beaten on the head or being involved in a car accident. A minor head injury may not be that serious if the victim adheres to first aid advice from a care giver. However, it may mask serious conditions such as bleeding or formation of a blood clot in the brain. Some long-lasting problems such as poor coordination and lack of concentration may also result from repeated head injury.
Head injury symptoms may include; mild to reasonable headache, light headedness, queasiness, feeling of restlessness, loss of concentration and ringing ears. Some of these symptoms may last for as long as two weeks. Treatment may not be needed for a minor head injury. However, it is important to watch for any serious symptoms. The victim has to rest adequately, for bruises, cuts and skin swellings, an ice pack may be used for up to 48 hours from the time of injury. Ice pack reduces pain and swelling. Treatment should always be recommended by your children’s pediatrician. It is always better to call your doctor and ask questions just in case he or she believes you child should come in for observation/check-up.