The head of a child is a large part of the body and so it is not too difficult for it to get in the way when that body wants to go to spaces and places where it doesn’t fit. As a result, some significant and uncomfortable bangs on the noggin can occur! Fortunately, the skull is a very well designed cage and, as a result, many serious injuries to the brain are prevented. Still, if a blow to the head from whatever cause is hard enough, the brain may react. The most common are called concussions. A variety of symptoms may result. It is important to know which are to be watched and which require action.

The following tips will help you decide.

Symptoms of a Concussion:

  • Loss of consciousness.
  • Severe headache.
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vision.
  • Confusion or disorientation.
  • Combative behavior

Treatment:

  • Place child in a comfortable position so as to prevent choking if vomiting occurs.
  • Use ice pack or cold compress on site of injury
  • Do not give any form of sedative.
  • Allow to rest. If sleep occurs, no need to awaken if pulse is regular, breathing normal and none of the above symptoms are noted.

Call the Doctor if:

  • Loss of consciousness occurs
  • Vomiting, severe headache or combative behavior is noted.
  • If there is loss of movement, a seizure, or change in size of pupils.

Most bangs on the head are mild and require nothing except an icepack to the site of injury.  However, there are times when a blow has consequences and attention to the symptoms of a concussion may prevent serious harm. In the event of those occurring, seek medical help at once.