Changes to watch for include inconsolable crying or fussiness, vomiting more than once, balancing difficulties when sitting or walking, and being unresponsive. If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, or has any significant swelling over the site of the injury, you should take them to the doctor right away.
When should I be worried about my child’s fall?
If your child fell on their back or neck, or hit their head, we suggest that you seek emergency pediatric trauma care if they have any of the following symptoms: Severe neck or back pain. Inability to move a body part. Weakness, tingling, or numbness in chest, arms or legs.
What to watch for after child hits head?
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
- New headache develops or headache becomes worse.
- New nausea or vomiting develops or nausea or vomiting becomes worse.
- Crying does not stop.
- Drowsiness gets worse, or it is hard to wake up your child.
- Weakness develops in any part of the body.
How do I know if my baby is OK after a fall?
Sometimes babies need emergency medical attention after falling, and sometimes they’re just fine.
Those signs include:
- Loss of consciousness.
- Discharge or blood coming out of the nose or ears.
- Swelling of the soft spot.
- Bruising or swelling along the head, or obvious skull fracture.
When should I be concerned about my child hitting his head?
Head injuries can be mild, moderate or severe. Call an ambulance if your child has had head injury involving high speeds or heights, or if after a knock to the head they lose consciousness or vomit more than once. Your child may develop a number of different symptoms in the weeks after a head injury.
What do you watch out after a fall?
When to Seek Immediate Medical Attention
- The victim has a bad headache that does not go away.
- The victim is experiencing weakness, numbness, or an unusual lack of coordination.
- The victim has severe vomiting or nausea.
- The victim’s speech is slurred.
- The victim is extremely drowsy or you cannot wake them up from sleep.
How do you know if your child has internal bleeding?
Diagnosis and treatment of internal abdominal injury
The emergency healthcare team will check your child’s pulse and blood pressure. A rapid pulse and falling blood pressure means there is internal bleeding.
How do I know if my child’s head injury is serious?
Signs that the injury could be serious include:
- loss of consciousness for more than a few minutes.
- continued vomiting.
- a headache that gets worse.
How can I tell if a head injury is mild or severe?
Grade 1: Mild, with symptoms that last less than 15 minutes and involve no loss of consciousness. Grade 2: Moderate, with symptoms that last longer than 15 minutes and involve no loss of consciousness. Grade 3: Severe, in which the person loses consciousness, sometimes for just a few seconds.
How do you tell if a child has a concussion?
Signs and symptoms of a concussion may include:
- Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Balance problems or dizziness.
- Double or blurry vision.
- Sensitivity to light or noise.
- Feeling fatigued, sluggish, groggy or dazed.
- Difficulty paying attention.
- Memory problems.
How do I know if my baby has a skull fracture?
If a child has hit their head, signs of a fracture include:
- a lump or dent on the head.
- bruising or swelling on the head.
- confusion or disorientation.
- nausea or vomiting.
- loss of consciousness.
- clear fluid or blood running from the nose or ears.
Can dropping a baby cause brain damage?
Is my baby going to have brain damage or other long-term effects? The good news is that in most cases, the answer to this question is no. Serious injury from falling/dropping — even falls onto the head — is rare.
How long after head injury can symptoms occur?
Signs and symptoms may appear at once, within 24 hours, or they may emerge days or weeks after the injury. Sometimes the symptoms are subtle. A person may notice a problem but not relate it to the injury. Some people will appear to have no symptoms after a TBI, but their condition worsens later.
How do you test a toddler for a concussion?
A toddler may be able to indicate when their head hurts and be more vocal about symptoms, which can include:
- nausea or vomiting.
- behavior changes.
- sleep changes — more or less sleeping.
- excessive crying.
- loss of interest in playing or doing their favorite activities.
How do you know if a bump on the head is serious?
Also seek emergency attention if your child exhibits the following signs or symptoms after a head injury, which could signal a concussion:
- Persistent or worsening headache.
- Memory loss or confusion.
- Mood changes, such as irritability.
Can a toddler get brain damage from hitting their head?
Babies’ heads are easily damaged, and their neck muscles are not strong enough to control the movement of the head. Shaking or throwing a baby can cause the head to jerk back and forth. This can make the skull hit the brain with force, causing brain damage, serious vision problems, or even death.