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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.

    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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