Head Injury, Age 3 and Younger (cont.)
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Check Your Symptoms
First aid for a head injury
Parents should watch their child for any problems after the injury. Home treatment can help relieve swelling and bruising of the skin or scalp and pain that occurs with a minor head injury.
If your child is seen by a doctor
Be sure to follow the instructions given to you by your child's doctor. He or she will tell you what problems to look for and how closely to watch your child for the next 24 hours or longer.
Do not give any medicine, including nonprescription acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, to a child you are watching for signs of a more serious head injury unless your doctor tells you to.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your child's doctor if any of the following occur during home treatment:
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