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Children have many bangs to the head and it can sometimes be difficult to tell whether they are serious or not. If your child has received an injury to the head, they should see a doctor.Any knock to the head that causes lumps, bruises, cuts or more severe injuries is a head injury. Many head injuries are not serious and simply result on a bump or bruise. Occasionally, head injuries can result in damage to the brain.
The symptoms of head injuries are used to determine how serious the injury is. Head injuries can be classified as minor, moderate or serious.
Most children with minor head injuries make a full recovery. Most small knocks just cause bruising and pain for a short while.
Problems to watch for in the next day or two:
If your child's behaviour is very different to their normal behaviour, or the pain does not go away, go back to the doctor or to your nearest hospital emergency department.
Some problems that may result from a minor head injury can be hard to detect at first. In the next few weeks parents or carers may notice:
Talk to your child's doctor if you are worried about any of these signs.
Developed in consultation with The Royal Children's Hospital Neurosurgery and General Medicine. First published 2003. Reviewed June 2006.
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