Information for patients
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Your child has had a mild head injury, but they are allowed to go home.
This leaflet tells you how to care for your child.
Problems after a head injury may not always occur straight away. There may be a delay in symptoms developing. If it is thought this may be the case for your child, they will be admitted to hospital for observation (regular checks). It is still important you are aware of the symptoms in case a problem arises, so action can be taken, if needed.
Children with mild head injuries may be a little sleepier than usual. They should, however, be talking normally, opening their eyes and be able to move their arms and legs unless there are other injuries that do not allow movement. They may also complain of a headache and occasionally vomit (be sick).
You must bring your child back to the Children and Young Person’s Emergency Department if they:
- vomit more than 2 to 3 times
- have a convulsion (fit)
- have any changes in their normal behaviour or become increasingly restless
- have any unusual discharge from the nose or ears
- are hard to wake up
- have a headache which is not relieved by simple painkillers (Calpol/Paracetamol – see the instructions supplied with the medicine for how much to give, but do not give more than 4 doses in 24 hours).
A child who is too young to describe a headache may be irritable and not like being handled.
It is important:
- you try to keep your child quiet and avoid active play at first
- your child is not left without adult supervision.
It is alright for your child to:
- eat and drink as normal
- go to sleep, but you should make sure they are able to be woken regularly.
Remember, you know your child best. If you have any concerns or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Accident and Emergency department where staff will be pleased to help.
University Hospital of North Tees
Children and Young Person’s Emergency Department
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Telephone: 01642 624533
Further information available from:
Telephone: 111 (when it is less urgent than 999).
Calls to this number are free from landlines and mobile phones or via the website.
Information used in the development of this leaflet:
Head injury: assessment and early management, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Clinical guideline NICE NG 232 ‘Head Injury: assessment and early management’
Head injury, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Quality standard [QS74], Published: 23 October 2014.
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This leaflet has been produced in partnership with patients and carers. All patient leaflets are regularly reviewed, and any suggestions you have as to how it may be improved are extremely valuable. Please write to the Clinical Governance team, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital of North Tees, TS19 8PE or:
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Leaflet reference: PIL1375
Date for review: November 2026