Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Anon | 2008/08/26

Q.

Poor memory in 3 y old after head bump

Last Thursday my son (3 in October) had a fall at the creche in which he fell over backwards bumping his head at the lower back. We watched him all evening and night, and he only complained of not being able to lie on the back of his head because of the huge egg size bump. Friday he had a second fall at creche, this time bumping his upper forehead after running and falling against a wooden cupbord. I had him checked out by our GP, and she thoroughly examined him, finding nothing of concern. He is still complaining of pain at the back of his head when lying down, but the bump is still there, so guess thats to be expected. Only thing worrying us is that he isn' t remembering his dinosaurs names so well anymore. He used to know about 35, and now he struggles to remember some of his most-loved ones. Could this be coincidence, or should we worry?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is possible that your son knocked his head so badly that he was actually concussed although this is very rare in young children. Concussion can lead to memory loss like this. I am concerned about your son who has had two very hard knocks to his head lately. Sometimes serious complications such as a small intracranial bleed can occur and the symptoms and signs may be very difficult to detect. I would suggest that your son be examined by a paediatrician. If necessary a CT scan may need to be done.

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