Scalp and forehead injuries are the most common head injuries children get.
Call your health care provider for an appointment if:
Head injuries often cause headaches. You may give your child acetaminophen (Tylenol®) every four hours. Follow the package directions for your child's age and weight.
Call your health care provider if the headache gets worse or lasts for more than 24 hours.
Cuts or lumps on the head are common because the scalp has a rich supply of blood.
Let your child sleep, but wake her two hours after the accident and every four hours during the night. Do this to:
Kids at play are at risk for a concussion. This is a blow to the head that affects how the brain works.
Your child can have a concussion even if he isn't "knocked out" (loses consciousness).
A concussion is a brain injury. You can't see it but it causes changes in your child's behavior, thinking or physical actions. Signs of a concussion can occur right away or hours or days later.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, watch for these symptoms if your child has a concussion:
If your child has a concussion, rest is the most important thing he needs. Follow your health care provider's directions and keep all follow-up appointments, even if your child feels better.
Call your health care provider for an appointment if your child has any concussion symptoms.
Call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency department if your child:
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition. To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."
Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic