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Head Injury, Age 4 and Older - Check Your Symptoms

Call 911 if:

  • The person is unconscious for more than a few seconds.
  • Severe bleeding does not stop or slow down after applying direct pressure, or blood quickly soaks through several bandages.
  • The person has a seizure.
  • The person feels weak or numb on one side of the body.
  • Double vision or trouble speaking lasts more than a minute or two.
  • The person seems confused, does not remember being hurt, or keeps asking the same questions.
  • You have trouble waking the person anytime in the next 24 hours.

Call a doctor if:

  • The person fainted for a second or two and is now awake.
  • Vomiting occurs more than once after the injury.
  • The person has a severe headache.
  • Blood or clear fluid drains from the ears or nose.
  • There is bruising around both eyes or behind one ear.
  • There is a new "dent" or deformity in the skull.
  • The wound needs stitches.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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