Thursday, October 17, 2013

Head Injuries - Know what to do if your child has a head injury

Yesterday on the playground at school our precious Isa hit her head HARD!  So hard that she started to vomit, she was dizzy, and not oriented to her surroundings. School called Dawn and Dawn right away contacted her doctor. Isa's doctor told Dawn to get Isa to the Emergency Room FAST!  Go to the closest ER!!!
While Dawn was driving..I right away started to Google Head Injuries.  I found a great site Seattle Children's Hospital with very good info. I checked the info with a nurse friend and she said everything is correct.  I wanted to share with all of my readers these important things to be aware of in case your child hits their head.   
Head injuries are not limited to only injuries that happen while playing sports. Isa was playing on the playground at recess - she tripped and hit a pole from the playground equipment. She fell backwards and hit the back of her head.  

Know what to do and when in case your child has a head injury!!!!

CALL 911 if .......
  • A seizure (convulsion) occurred
  • Your child was knocked unconscious for more than 1 minute
  • Your child is difficult to awaken
  • Your child shows confused thinking, slurred speech, unsteady walking OR weakness of arms/legs present now
  • Your child has major bleeding that can't be stopped or a large blood loss and fainted or too weak to stand
  • Penetrating head injury (for example, an arrow, dart, pencil)
  • Major injury such as a motor vehicle accident, trampoline, contact sports, a fall higher than 10 feet or hanging with neck pain or stiffness present now and began less than one hour after the injury
Call Your Doctor NOW (day or night) IF .....................
  • You think your child has a serious injury
  • Age under 3 months
  • Neck pain or stiffness
  • Knocked unconscious for less than 1 minute and now fine
  • Had confused thinking, slurred speech, unsteady walking OR weakness of arms/legs BUT fine now
  • Blurred vision persists for more than 5 minutes
  • Skin is split open or gaping and may need stitches
  • Bleeding that won't stop after 10 minutes of direct pressure
  • Large swelling that is bigger than 2 inches if older than 12 months, but bigger than one inch if less than 12 months
  • Large dent in skull
  • Injury caused by high speed (e.g., auto accident) or blow from hard object (e.g., golf club)
  • Fall from a dangerous height, for example, twice the child's height
  • Vomited 2 or more times within 3 days of injury
  • Watery fluid dripping from the nose or ear while child not crying
  • Severe headache or crying that has not improved after 20 minutes of cold pack
  • Can't remember what happened
  • Black eyes on both sides and started within 24 hours of the head injury
  • High-risk child: for example, V-P shunt, bleeding disorder, neurological disease
  • Delayed onset of neurological symptoms but began within 3 days after the head injury
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or another injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no other visible signs of a brain injury.
You don't have to pass out (lose consciousness) to have a concussion. Some people will have obvious symptoms of a concussion, such as passing out or forgetting what happened right before the injury. But other people won't. With rest, most people fully recover from a concussion. Some people recover within a few hours. Other people take a few weeks to recover.
In rare cases concussions cause more serious problems. Repeated concussions or a severe concussion may require surgery or lead to long-lasting problems with movement, learning, or speaking. Because of the small chance of permanent brain problems, it is important to contact a doctor if you or someone you know has symptoms of a concussion. I found this info on WebMD.
The ER Doctor sent Isa home - she has a concussion. No school today and no gym for at least a week.  She is seeing her regular doctor today.  ER doctor told watch her and make sure she does NOT hit her head again soon.  Thank goodness she will be okay.


  1. That is soo Scary! Our Gabby was kicked in the head on the playground when she was younger. I am so glad Isa is ok and has loved ones looking out for her. Great topic and I am sharing! Thanks

  2. Our son has epilepsy and he's had multiply seizures that caused him to hit his head. As if having a seizure is not bad enough then I have to worry about if he got damage when he hit his head. Head injuries are NOTHING to joke around about. Great article! Thank you for sharing!

  3. I came close to getting a concussion once, not fun! I'm glad she's okay. Thanks for spreading awareness!