Posted by: chantal | 2008/07/14


head injury

my 2.4 year old fell on his head on saturday and screamed. I am not sure what happened as I didn't see him fall, it was in the bedroom, he could have fallen from the bunk, on a cupboard, or just slipped, I just don't know. he had a huge "egg' on his head and then asked to go to sleep (10am in the morning, unheard of), so I let him. I had friends then tell me to NOT let him sleep as this is not good, and I eventually took him to hospital. they were really full and in the hour that we waited to see a dr he perked up and looked fine so I actually took him home without seeing one. i had a pamphlet from them checking for further symptoms and he has had none.

What is the correct thing to do in a situation like this?

Also, in december he fell headfirst off a slide on a concrete block and had stitches in his head, he has had many bumps on his head (busy boy), is this a bad thing? I have been told that too many head injuries can lead to complications with vision, etc.?

many thanks

Expert's Reply



It is essential to have your son seen by a doctor with the story you give here. One of the most difficult things to diagnose is the subtle changes shown by a child with a bleading inside the skull which causes pressure on the brain due to an injury like this. His being sleepy is not a good sign so please go back to see your doctor.

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