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Three False Myths About Childhood Head Trauma


One of the most frequent reasons for consultation in the ER are blows to the head or, as doctors say, head trauma.

On our site, we discuss three false myths related to this pathology. Which is not true about the bumps that children can make.

1. It is better that, as a result of the blow, an “external” bleeding appears. There are many people who think that, in the event of a head injury, the appearance of a head injury prevents internal brain bleeding from occurring. This is not like this. There is no relationship of any kind between the two events. The risk of internal brain bleeding is related to high-energy trauma (violent shock), falls from a great height, previous clotting problem, etc.

2. When a child suffers a head injury, they should not be allowed to sleep. This is false. Keep in mind that your child, after the blow, will have had a good tantrum, will be scared, will have cried. And consequently, you will be exhausted and will want to sleep. Let him fall asleep. Of course: try to wake him up every 3-4 hours in the first 24 hours after the blow, and wake him gently to check that he reacts.

3. If your child has suffered a severe blow to the head, a skull x-ray should be done. This examination is of very little use, it is a very insensitive and specific test. The important thing when dealing with a head injury is to know whether or not a hemorrhage has appeared inside the skull. For this, observation is decisive. Warning signs are: deterioration of the level of consciousness, repeated vomiting, severe headache that does not subside with the usual painkillers, appearance of abnormal movements or loss of sensitivity, behavioral disorder and / or change in the size of the pupils. In any of these circumstances, the pediatrician will suggest a computerized tomography. This test is very sensitive and specific.

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