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Are you seeing signs of head trauma in your child?

What child has not fallen or bumped his head? Kids are often a little more adventurous than their adult counterparts, and sometimes, their curious and playful natures ends in a fall. While most of these falls are nothing more than a source of a few laughs or a few harmless tears, in rare cases, head injuries can also be serious and dangerous. Has your child suffered what looks like a serious head injury? There are a few things that you should look for and know.

First and foremost, you should consider calling your doctor and/or an emergency medical provider immediately. Your child's doctor will be familiar with his or her medical history and the doctor will know whether the symptoms your child is currently suffering from could be related to his or her head injury. Typically, there is no cause for concern if your child is responding alertly to your questions and the doctor will not likely order any X-rays. However, it could be beneficial to put a cold compress where your child bumped his or her head, which will help with swelling.

Following any kind of head bump, even what seems like a minor one, you will want to monitor your child's condition. If you notice any change for the worse, it is advisable to contact your physician.

Parents should be on alert for signs of constant headache, especially if the headache is getting worse. Other things that are important to look for include: confusion and slurred speech, dizziness that does not resolve itself, irritability and/or an abnormal mood, vomiting over two or three times, difficulty walking, different sized pupils and blood coming from nose and ears.

Maryland children who have taken a fall and exhibit the above symptoms and other types of symptoms may have suffered a head trauma injury. If the accident that led to the injury was caused by another person's negligence, then you may wish to investigate the pursuit of a personal injury claim to help pay for medical expenses and other costs relating to your child's injury.

Source: HealthyChildren.org, "Head Injury" Dec. 07, 2014

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