The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you seek immediate medical attention for a traumatic brain injury like a concussion if you or a loved one experiences any of these danger signs following a head injury:
- Headache that gets worse and does not go away
- Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Slurred speech
The injured person should be taken to an emergency department right away if they:
- Look very drowsy or cannot be awakened.
- Have one pupil (the black part in the middle of the eye) larger than the other.
- Have convulsions or seizures.
- Cannot recognize people or places.
- Are getting more and more confused, restless, or agitated.
- Have unusual behavior.
- Lose consciousness (even a brief loss of consciousness should be taken seriously and the person should be carefully monitored).
If an infant sustains a head injury, they should be taken to the emergency room if they:
- Have any of the danger signs for adults listed above.
- Will not stop crying and cannot be consoled.
- Will not nurse or eat.
Physicians stress that rest is essential following a head injury, as it helps the brain to heal. Those who are recovering from a head injury should avoid physical activity, sustained computer usage, mental distractions (doing more than one thing at a time) as well as avoidance of alcohol and drugs, except for those prescribed by a doctor.
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