Your child has had a mild head injury. It does not appear serious at this time. Sometimes symptoms of a more serious problem (bruising or bleeding in the brain) may appear later. Therefore, during the next 24 hours watch for the WARNING SIGNS listed below.
1) It is okay to let your child go to sleep when tired. During the next 24 hours, Wake Him Up Every Three to Four Hours to check for the signs below.
2) If there is swelling of the face or scalp, apply an ice pack (ice cubes in a plastic bag, wrapped in a towel) if tolerated. Do this for 20 minutes every 1-2 hours until the swelling starts to go down.
3) You may use acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) to control pain, unless another pain medicine was prescribed. [Note: in case of chronic liver or kidney disease or stomach ulcer or GI bleeding, talk with your doctor before using these medicines.] Do not use ibuprofen in children under six months of age.
Follow Up with your doctor or this facility if you do not start to improve within the next 24 hours.
Retrun Promptly or contact your doctor if any of the following occur:
-- Repeated vomiting, particularly projectile
-- Unusual drowsiness or unable to awaken as usual
-- Unequal pupils
-- Confusion or change in behavior
-- Convulsion (seizure)
-- Increasing scalp or face swelling
-- Redness, warmth or pus at the site of injury
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