When a student has a head injury we are always concerned about possible complications. Head injuries can be serious and need careful consideration. Therefore, we call parents and guardians for every head injury no matter how mild. Concussion symptoms may not appear for a few hours or up to as much as a few weeks. Please mark this occurrence on your calendar.
Here are some guidelines you need to follow after a head injury. Further medical attention should be sought for the following symptoms:
- Severe headache, continuing or worsening headache. Headache that lasts over an hour. Headache that is severe enough to interfere with activity or normal sleep.
- Unusual irritability, excessive drowsiness or other definite change in behavior. You may allow your child to sleep after the injury but wake up every 2 hours to see if child can be easily aroused.
- Unable to tell his/her name, where he/she is and/or what the situation is.
- Slurred speech.
- Changes in ability to see; for example: he/she complains of seeing double or eyes do not appear to be moving well together.
- The pupils should be the same size and should get smaller if the light is shined into the eyes. The size of the pupils are not important as long as the pupils are equal size and get smaller when the light is shined into the eye.
- Vomiting occurs.
- Unusual feelings such as numbness, tingling and weakness are noted in the arms.
- Dizziness and/or loss of balance.
- Drainage or bleeding from the nose or ears. This drainage can be bloody or clear.
- Pale color that does not return to normal within a few minutes.
- Loss of consciousness.