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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: g | 2005/07/28

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Heavey blows to the back of the head?

could some one please tell me in som e detail what a blow do to back of a head if a child was 2 months old. a drop of about 18"- 20". what would be the worse case scenario and what would developmental consuquences please help so desperate to find if any damage was caused. thank you

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Paediatrician

This could be very dangerous for your baby. How did this happen? Take him to be checked by your doctor or nurse.

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Posted by: Belinda | 2005/07/28

Hi g

Got this from the child section

When to take a bump on the head seriously
If a child (or equally an adult) receives a blow to the head that results in unconsciousness for any length of time, even if it's only 30 seconds, it should always be taken seriously.

"A child who is unconscious for longer than just a couple of minutes needs to not only see a doctor at once, but also usually needs to be monitored in an expert observational unit for a few days. This is not one of those times when you can just stay at home and hope for the best because the child seems to have recovered.

"Even if the child has transient unconsciousness (unconscious for less than 30 seconds to a minute), or no obvious unconsciousness – but they display any disturbance of their normal mental awareness, then they should be seen by a doctor. It's generally a good idea to rest for at least 24 hours after a bad blow to the head, and to keep an eye on the child."

Symptoms to watch out for
Symptoms of cerebral haematoma or oedema can become apparent some time after a blow to the head. Usually, however, they will occur within a week, and most commonly about three days after the injury. The following are important warning signs, and warrant an immediate call to your doctor:

Any change in mental functioning is the most significant indication. This could show up as confusion, disorientation, sleepiness, changes in the child's normal interaction with other people, slowed responsiveness, incoherence.
Any speech disturbance e.g. slurring, inability to speak normally.
Any weakness of a limb or the face.
Any vision disturbance e.g. vision loss, blurring, zig-zag lines.
Nausea or vomiting.

Reply to Belinda
Posted by: Mommy | 2005/07/28

Did you take your child to the pead? My baby fell out of the nanny's arms and knocked her head against our coffee table when she was 6 months old. I immediately took her to the pead. and he performed some basic tests like looking at her eyes while moving a pen from one side to another, etc. Apart from a huge bump against her head no damage was done. There was also some bleeding under the skin that took a while to go away, but luckily noting serious.
I believe that whenever a kid has a head injury rather take him or her to a doctor to get a professional opinion to make sure everything is fine.
Did your child vomit afterwards? Apparantly that is a sign of concussion or more serious injury. If your child is still happy and thriving and seems to be fine, than probably you do not have to worry, but why not take him or her for a drs check-up just to make sure?

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