Pediatric Head Trauma
What is Pediatric Head Trauma?
Head trauma is a broad term that describes a wide range of injuries that can occur to the head and brain. Head trauma is a leading cause of permanent disability and death in children.
What are the different types of Pediatric Head Trauma?
The many types of head trauma in children include:
This is an injury to the head that can cause instant loss of awareness or alertness for a few minutes or even a few hours after the trauma.
This is a bruise to the brain, which causes bleeding and swelling inside the brain.
This is a break in the skull bone.
What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Head Trauma?
Symptoms of mild head trauma
Signs and symptoms of a mild head injury may include:
- Blurry vision
- Changes in sleep
- Difficulty balancing
- Difficulty with memory or concentration
- Raised, swollen area from a bump or bruise
- Sensitivity to noise and light
- Small, shallow cut in the scalp
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
Symptoms of moderate to severe head trauma
Signs and symptoms of a moderate to severe head injury may include:
- Blood or clear fluid draining from the ears or nose
- Changes in behavior
- Difficulty walking
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of short-term memory
- Open wound in the head, such as a deep cut
- Repeated nausea and vomiting
- Severe, long-lasting headache
- Seizures or convulsions
- Slurred speech
- Weakness on one side of the body
Pediatric Head Trauma Doctors and Providers
Bradley Weprin, MD Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Bruno Braga, MD Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Michael Dowling, MD Pediatric Neurologist
Saima Kayani, MD Pediatric Neurologist
Eric Remster, MD Pediatric Neurologist
Lauren Sanchez, MD Pediatric Neurologist
Dale Swift, MD Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Cynthia Wang, MD Pediatric Neurologist
Brett Whittemore, MD Pediatric Neurosurgeon