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Head Injury

Head Injury - Symptoms

Signs and Symptoms

Varying degrees of symptoms including temporary or permanent loss of consciousness, nausea, vomiting, headache, giddiness, and loss of memory may appear associated with the severity of the head injury. The signs and symptoms of a head injury may occur immediately or develop slowly over several hours to days. Even if no serious injury is found, careful watching with a responsible adult either at home or hospital must occur in the first 24-48 hours after the injury.

For the 1st 24 hour after a head injury, the person SHOULD NOT:

  • Be left alone
  • Drive a vehicle or operate machinery
  • Take alcohol or any medications that can cause drowsiness

Call for help or go to the emergency department if:

  • Any symptoms is getting worse e.g. sleepiness, headache, vomiting, dizziness
  • Changes in behaviour e.g. irritability, confusion
  • Weakness or numbness in the arms or legs
  • Trouble walking or talking
  • Fits or seizures
  • Fluid coming out from nose or ear

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