Head Injury


Here are ways to care for your child at home

After being sent home from the Emergency Department, follow your doctor's instructions.

  • Rest: allow your child to rest his or her body and brain until symptoms begin to go away. If your child has suffered a concussion, be sure to follow up with a sports medicine doctor before returning to physical activities or sports. See the section below for information on follow-up care. A key part of the rest is having your child not engage in activities that will "tax" or "tire" his/her brain. This means no texting, video games, or sports until evaluated by your physician.
  • Monitor symptoms: headaches, nausea and dizziness are common after a head injury. Keep a close eye on your child's symptoms and seek medical care if you notice any of the symptoms listed above.
  • Swelling: a large bump or swelling on the head is also common after a head injury. You may apply an ice pack for 20 minutes at a time as needed to help bring swelling down.
  • Pain: Tylenol (acetaminophen) may be used for headaches and pain as needed. Keep a close eye on your child's symptoms and seek medical care if you notice any of the more symptoms listed in the previous section, under the tab When should I get medical help?