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When Is A Bump On The Head A Brain Injury?

Young children fall rather regularly and sometimes end up hitting their head and a lump/bump forms under the skin.

So how do you know if a brain injury was sustained?

Dr. Atkinson of the famed Mayo Clinic offers some guidance.

When to see a doctor Occasionally, a blow to the head may be severe enough to cause bleeding in or around the brain. This type of bleeding can cause an intracranial hematoma, a serious condition that puts pressure on the brain.

See a doctor within one to two days of a head injury, even if emergency care isn’t required.

Seek emergency medical attention if your child experiences:

  • Unconsciousness, confusion or disorientation immediately after a head injury or after some time has passed

Also seek emergency attention if your child exhibits the following signs or symptoms following a head injury:

  • Persistent or worsening headache
  • Imbalance
  • Vomiting
  • Memory loss
  • Mood changes

With all that’s known now about brain injuries, there’s no reason not to be cautious and be evauluated by a doctor.

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