How to Handle Head Injuries

Is It a Concussion?

Look for any of these symptoms as soon as the accident happens, and keep watching for them over the coming weeks, says Walter J. Molofsky, M.D., chief of pediatric neurology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

Babies

  • Bulges at the fontanelles (the soft spots on the front and back of a baby's skull)
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty feeding
  • High-pitched crying

Children Older Than 1

  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Headaches
  • Sluggishness or grogginess
  • Pupils that are bigger than normal or of unequal sizes
  • Problems with concentration or memory
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Dizziness and trouble with balance
  • Trouble tasting or smelling
  • Ringing in the ears

Originally published in the November 2010 issue of Parents magazine.

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