How to Tell If a Head Injury Merits Medical Attention

Feb 7, 2017 - Brain injury by

How to Tell If a Head Injury Merits Medical AttentionThe 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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