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Child Head Injury Advice Sheet


Patient Advice leaflet for carers of a child who has sustained a head injury _____________________ has been assessed by an Emergency Care Practitioner/Paramedic following their head injury. We have checked their symptoms and they seem well on the road to recovery. It is very unlikely that they will have any further problems, but if they’re affected by any of the following, we suggest you take them to the nearest hospital emergency department as soon as possible or if you are seriously concerned then recall 999.

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Things to look out for » unconsciousness, or lack of full consciousness (for example, problems keeping eyes open) » any confusion (not knowing where they are, getting things muddled up) » any drowsiness (feeling sleepy) that goes on for longer than 1 hour when they would normally be wide awake » difficulty waking them up » any problems understanding or speaking » any loss of balance or problems walking » any weakness in one or both arms or legs » any problems with their eyesight » very painful headache that won’t go away with simple analgesia » any vomiting – getting sick » any fits (collapsing or passing out suddenly) » clear fluid coming out of their ear or nose » bleeding from one or both ears » new deafness in one or both ears.

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Things you shouldn’t worry about Your child may feel some other symptoms over the next few days which should disappear in the next 2 weeks. These include a mild headache, feeling sick (without vomiting), dizziness, irritability or bad temper, problems concentrating or problems with their memory, tiredness, lack of appetite or problems sleeping. If you feel very concerned about any of these symptoms in the first few days after injury, you should take your child to their doctor. If these problems do not go away after 2 weeks, take your child to see their doctor.

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Things that will help your child get better If you follow this advice it should help your child get better more quickly and it may help any symptoms they have to go away. » Do encourage your child to have plenty of rest and avoid stressful situations. » Do not give them sleeping pills, sedatives or tranquilisers unless they are prescribed for your child by a doctor. »

Do not let them play any contact sport (for example, football) for at least 3 weeks without talking to their doctor first.

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Things you should do to make sure your child is okay If you follow this advice it should help your child get better more quickly and it may help any symptoms they have to go away. » Do not allow them to return to school until you feel they have completely recovered » Do not leave your child alone in the home for the first 48 hours after their head injury » Do make sure that there is a nearby telephone and that the child stays within easy reach of medical help.

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Long-term problems Most children recover quickly from their accident and experience no long-term problems. However, some only develop problems after a few weeks or months. If you start to feel that things are not quite right for your child (for example, memory problems, not feeling themselves), please contact their doctor as soon as possible so that he or she can check to make sure they are recovering properly.

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You can write to us at:

You can phone or fax us on:

Great Western Ambulance Service Jenner House Langley Park Estate Chippenham Wiltshire SN15 1GG

Tel: 01249 858 000 Fax: 01249 850 091 Email: pals@gwas.nhs.uk www.gwas.nhs.uk

We can supply larger print copies of this leaflet and we can put it on tape. Please ask if you would like this publication in another language.

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