A head injury is certainly one of the scariest childhood injuries.. and with all of the news reports focusing on the dangers of concussions, it’s normal to be concerned if your child gets a blow to the head. Fortunately, it’s usually not very serious.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, if your child is alert and responds to you, the head injury is mild and usually no tests or x-rays are necessary. A cold compress can help any swelling go down.
But if your child’s health changes, it’s time to call the doctor. Signs of a more serious injury include: a constant headache that worsens, slurred speech, dizziness, extreme irritability, vomiting, stumbling, ringing in the ears, and confusion. If your child loses consciousness, call 911 immediately.
Kids should wear helmets when biking, skateboarding, skating, skiing, sledding and playing football.