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Your child has been seen at Nationwide Children’s Hospital because of a head injury. Although we do not think admission to the hospital is necessary at this time, there are several things we ask you to do at home.
If your child has any of these symptoms, call your medical provider or return to the Emergency Department immediately.
The severity of the head injury determines when your child may return to contact sports or rough play. He may not return to sports, rough play or activities that require balance (bike riding, swimming, tree climbing, etc.) until his doctor says it is okay. He also should not operate any motor vehicles, including ATVs, motorcycles, motor scooters, snowmobiles and cars, until the doctor says it is okay. A doctor, experienced in treating head injuries, should see your child. Your child should be symptom-free, then participate in a gradual return to exercise before resuming contact activities.
To help symptoms improve, and prevent symptoms from worsening, do not let your child watch TV, play video games or spend time on the computer. Also, your child needs to avoid text messaging and listening to loud music or music through headphones. Encourage your child to rest and eat a light diet.
Please call your primary care doctor in the morning to inform him or her of this visit. If you need a doctor for your child, call Nationwide Children's Referral and Information Line at (614) 722-KIDS.
If you have any questions, be sure to ask your doctor or nurse.
Head Injury-Mild (PDF)
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