Almost all children will bump their heads, especially when they are babies or toddlers and are just learning to roll over, crawl, or walk. While these events may be upsetting, most head injuries in children are minor.
Although it's rare, once in a while a more serious problem shows up after the child is home. So it's good to be on the lookout for symptoms for a day or two.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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