Head Injury

When should I get medical help?

It is very important to seek medical care for a head injury if your child:

  • fell from a height of 5 feet or higher
  • was hit extremely hard or by a fast-moving object
  • is less than 6 months old
  • has a visible skull deformity (or your infant's soft spot is bulging or looks abnormal)
  • has bleeding that won't stop after applying pressure for 10 minutes
  • has blood or fluid coming from ears or nose
  • loses consciousness (passes out)
  • has a change in behavior (becomes more tired, irritable or difficult to awaken)
  • has a seizure or convulses
  • has recurrent vomiting (more than once or twice after the injury)
  • has a severe or worsening headache
  • has difficulty walking, talking or seeing
  • has numbness or weakness anywhere on the body