Head Injuries

Not all injuries to the head are immediately apparent. It is important that you or another adult watch your child carefully during the first 24-hours following any injury to the head.

You should call your Henry Ford Pediatrician at 1-800-HENRYFORD or bring your child to the nearest pediatric emergency department if:

  • Your child vomits continuously following the injury or complains of nausea for more than four hours.
  • Your child complains of severe headaches that pain relievers do not help or complains that the headache is getting worse.
  • Your child has unusual behaviors, such as:
    • Confusion
    • Difficulty using an arm or leg
    • Dizziness
    • Pupils appearing unequal in size
    • Very sleepy or difficult to wake
    • Seizures or convulsions
    • Your child acts more fussy than normal and will not eat or sleep.

In the first 24 hours following the injury, you should:

  • Wake your child every few hours to make sure he or she acts normally and can give you his or her name and age.
  • Not use a pain reliever stronger than acetaminophen.
  • Not allow your child to play hard.
  • Give your child only small amounts of juice, soup, milk or water if he or she complains of an upset stomach.
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