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What are symptoms of a brain injury in a child?

No Virginia parent wants to see his or her child suffer a head injury. Unfortunately though, head injuries do occur, and, therefore, it can be helpful for parents and caregivers to know what to expect in terms of symptoms and how best to care for a child who has suffered from head trauma.

A blow to the head may lead to a minor injury such as a concussion or a more severe form of traumatic brain injury. It can be difficult for a parent to determine what type of injury a child has suffered. There are some symptoms that are particularly severe and for which a child should obtain immediate medical assistance.

A child who has lost consciousness or is repeatedly vomiting should obtain prompt medical care. Furthermore, a child whose severe headache will not go away or who is suffering from seizures or sudden numbness or weakness should be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible. Children who cannot be consoled and will not eat or stop crying are also a cause for concern, and loved ones should seek medical care for these children following head trauma.

There are also some longer term consequences to be on the lookout for following a head injury that could indicate the presence of brain damage. A child who has trouble communicating, whether he or she is not saying things clearly or is having trouble listening, may have brain damage. Thinking problems, such as challenges with concentration, as well as changes in a child's behavior or personality, may also indicate the presence of brain trauma. It is important to seek medical care for such issues.

If your child has suffered a head injury due to the negligence of another, you may have a legal cause of action. An attorney can discuss with you available options for recovery.

Source:, "Taking Care of Your Child When Their Head Has Been Hurt," accessed Oct. 7, 2016

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