Head injuries can be frightening, particularly if they happen to your child.  There may be a raised bump at the sight of impact, there may be blood. It’s important to assess the situation and decide on the best course of action for the injury that has happened. 

Most head injuries are minor and don’t require an ambulance or a visit to your local A&E department.  Here’s a brief guide to help you decide.

In most cases you can keep an eye on the injured person at home.  

If the injured person is acting and responding normally you DON’T need to visit A&E unless there is the need to close an open wound.  

Close monitoring is vital though, because symptoms of concussion from a head injury may not appear immediately.

To care for a head injury at home:

  • Hold an icepack to the injury regularly.  This helps to bring down any swelling.
  • Rest as much as possible.  The injured person doesn’t have to stay awake, just be sure to check on them regularly.
  • Take paracetamol if they have a headache or any pain.  Avoid ibuprofen or aspirin because they could cause the injury to bleed.
  • Make sure that the injured person has someone with them during the first 24 hours.

Remember: It is normal to have a slight headache, feeling sick or dazed for up to 2 weeks.

If the injured person shows any of the following symptoms within the first 24 hours of the injury, a visit to A&E is a good idea

  • Drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty in waking
  • Seizures
  • Bleeding or clear fluid from the ears or mouth
  • Pupils being slow to react or unequal in size
  • Visual problems
  • Loss of sensation in arms and legs
  • Slurred Speech
  • Projectile vomiting.

If the injured person has been knocked out and fails to regain consciousness call 999.  

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  1. Nicky on September 29, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    All sound advice. Useful infographic showing the signs to look for.

  2. Scarlett on September 29, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Such a useful and very important article. You never know what will happen and have to keep an eye on that. Thank you for sharing this article.

  3. Cliona Kelliher on October 1, 2018 at 9:13 am

    This is such good information to have and really well laid out. I’m always conscious of head injuries as I had a mild tbi myself so I’m very aware of all the symptoms and consequences.

  4. Pati Robins on October 1, 2018 at 9:15 am

    I this this post should be shared far and wide , as not everyone knows how to care for head injuries and when to seek medical help , i have saved it just in case as you never know

  5. Stephanie on October 1, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    This is important for me to read at the moment, my daughter really hit her head a couple of days ago and it’s given her some grief since. Poor thing and I will keep an eye on her

  6. Katie on October 4, 2018 at 6:32 am

    Some great information here! It’s always a good idea to stay informed, thanks for sharing.

    Katie xoxo

  7. Mudpie Fridays on October 7, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    This is very useful. With little ones running around they are always getting into scrapes so it’s good to know the signs.

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