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Dr. Anil
Dr. Anil, Doctor (MD)
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Experience:  M.B.B.S.M.D with over 30 years of experience in this medical field.
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My son fell and bumped the back of his head it broke the

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My son fell and bumped the back of his head it broke the skin and bled the the tear in the skin was about the width of my pinky nail. I was able to get the bleeding controlled and I didn't take him to the doctor he is acting fine what signs and symptoms should I watch for?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Anil replied 8 years ago.
As such the symptoms of a head injury can occur immediately or develop slowly over several hours or days which include -
-Changes in size of pupils
-Fluid draining from nose, mouth, or ears
-Swelling at the site of the injury, or scalp wound
-Impaired hearing, smell, taste, or vision
-Low breathing rate or drop in blood pressure
-Restlessness, clumsiness, or lack of coordination
-Severe headache
-Slurred speech or blurred vision
-Stiff neck or vomiting
- Convulsions.
For a mild head injury, no specific treatment may be needed.

If your child begins to play or run immediately after getting a bump on the head, serious injury is unlikely.

However, as with anyone with a head injury, closely watch the child for 24 hours after the incident.

You can give him OTC pain medicine( acetaminophen,) and avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, or other anti-inflammatory medications .

I suggest you to closely watch him for any concerning symptoms over the next 24 hours.
If he is unstable and disoriented and then consult a doctor or visit ER ASAP.

I hope this helps.