What is minor head injury?
A common sort of injury is a knock, bump, or blow to the head. For most of the people a head injury is usually quite minor. A minor head injury or bump or knock to the head should not result in any permanent damage, and symptoms are usually mild and short terms, as long as someone remains conscious and there is no deep cut or damage to the head (such as broken bone).
What are the symptoms?
A minor head injury often causes a bump or bruise on the exterior of the head. Other symptoms may also include:
If you have experienced a minor head injury, try to stay with someone for the first 24 hours, and make them aware that you have had a head injury. This way they can be alert to any changes in your body. If someone experiences those mild symptoms after a knock, bump or blow to the head, then they do not require any specific treatment. You should however observe them closely for the following 48 hours, to check to see if their symptoms change or worsen.
If you or your kid experiences any of the following symptoms as a result of a head injury, get medical attention right away. If you notice the following symptoms in either yourself, or your child, following a bang to the head, then seek medical assistance immediately.
Usually for children after a minor head injury, they may cry or be distressed. This is quite normal. With attention and reassurance, most children will settle down. But if the child continues to be distressed, you should seek medical assistance.
What are the causes of a minor head injury?
A minor head injury is most often caused by a blow to the head. This may occur from
Children are particularly prone to having minor head injuries as they have high energy levels and little sense of danger. They can get hurt during sports or any medicine.
How is a minor head injury diagnosed?
A neuro exam is used to determine the patient's brain function. The patient's memory, hand grasp, and balance, as well as how the patient reacts to light, will all be tested.
How is a minor head injury treated?
If you experience a headache or mild discomfort after the head injury, then it is safe for you to take a painkiller, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Ibuprofen is not suitable for those with asthma or breathing problems.
What are the risks of a minor head injury?
The patient may have serious problems such as bleeding or a blood clot in the brain. Each additional head injury the patient may have can increase the risk of long-term issues. These problems may include poor coordination (balance and movement), or trouble thinking or concentrating. Repeated head injuries can be life threatening as well.
How to manage symptoms?
When to contact the doctor?
Contact your doctor if you experience: