Head Injury, Adult

ExitCare ImageA head injury happens when the head is hit really hard. A head injury may cause sleepiness, headache, throwing up (vomiting), and problems seeing. If the head injury is really bad, you may need to stay in the hospital.


  • Have someone with you for the first 24 hours. This person should wake you up every 02-03 hours to check on your condition.

  • Only drink water or clear fluid for the rest of the day. Then, go back to your regular diet.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor. Do not take aspirin.

  • Do not drink alcohol for 2 days.

  • Do not take medicines that help your relax (sedatives) for 2 days.

Side effects may happen for up to 7 to 10 days. Watch for new problems.


  • You are confused or sleepy.

  • You cannot be woken up.

  • You feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) or keep throwing up.

  • Your dizziness or unsteadiness is get worse, or your cannot walk.

  • You start to shake (convulse) or pass out (faint).

  • You have very bad, lasting headaches that are not helped by medicine.

  • You cannot use your arms or legs like normal.

  • You have clear or bloody fluid coming from your nose or ears.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.