Head Injury, Child

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, your child may need to stay in the hospital.


  • Watch to see if your child is getting too sleepy, has headaches, is throwing up, or is not making sense.

  • Only give your child medicine as told by your doctor. Do not give aspirin.

  • Your child can go back to school or play sports if the doctor says it is okay.


  • Your child is not making sense when talking.

  • Your child is sleepier than normal or passes out (faints).

  • Your child throws up (vomits) many times.

  • Your child is dizzy or has trouble walking.

  • Your child has problems seeing.

  • Your child has jerking movements (fits or seizures).

  • Your child has a lot of bad headaches that are not helped by medicine.

  • Your child has trouble using his or her legs.

  • Your child has clear or bloody fluid coming from his or her nose or ears.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch this condition.

  • Will get help right away if your child is not doing well or gets worse.