What Symptoms Should Tampa Parents Look for Following a Child Head Injury?

head injury childWhen it comes to a child head injury, it’s not always easy to tell just how serious a young victim’s injuries might be.

In many cases, injured children may be unable to recognize important head injury symptoms on their own.

This is why parents and guardians need to remain vigilant for symptoms of a potentially serious condition in the hours and following a child head injury.

Symptoms of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

According to the Mayo Clinic, possible symptoms of a concussion or other mild traumatic brain injury to look for after a head injury include:

  • Feeling dazed, confused or otherwise disoriented
  • Brief loss of consciousness
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Increased sensitivity to bright lights or loud noises
  • Changes in mood
  • Trouble concentrating or remembering
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting

Symptoms of Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries

In some cases, a head injury can result in moderate to severe brain injuries. Possible symptoms of these types of injuries include:

  • Extreme confusion or disorientation
  • Prolonged loss of consciousness
  • Strange behavior
  • Slurred speech
  • Tingling or numbness in toes or fingers
  • Ongoing vomiting or nausea
  • Severe or persistent headache
  • Seizures
  • Convulsions
  • One pupil more dilated than another
  • Clear fluid draining from an ear or nose

Additional Child Head Injury Symptoms

The Mayo Clinic notes that there are additional symptoms that parents and guardians should look for in children who may be too young or confused to report the presence of the symptoms outline above, including:

  • Changes in appetite or nursing
  • Inability to sleep or other changes in sleep
  • Disinterest in toys or playing
  • Inability to focus or pay attention
  • Inconsolable or persistent crying

If you have a young family member who has sustained a serious child head injury, our Tampa child injury lawyers may be able to help.

Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk at 813-324-5202 today if you or a loved one has been seriously hurt due to another person’s negligence. We can evaluate your case for free and may be able to stand up for the rights of your family.