Head injuries - babies and children
head; injuries; concussion; ;
Children's heads are often hurt when they fall over or bump into something hard. Sometimes bangs on the head can cause very severe harm, but often small knocks just cause bruising and pain for a short while.
If you have any concerns about your child after a bump to the head, always get the child seen by a doctor.
If the bang on the head has been hard (perhaps in a car accident or a fall from a height), or the child appears dazed, loses consciousness (even for a moment), seems unwell or vomits after the bang, get medical help quickly. If your child is unconscious call an ambulance. Do not leave the child alone.
Children can also have bad brain damage from being shaken.
Have a look at the topic Never shake a baby.
The Raising Children Network site has information about concussion
Better Health Channel
The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).
This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.