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What should I do if my child gets a head injury?

Chances are, your child is going to spend some time (other than Halloween) looking like a unicorn—with a prominent bump on his head. Many times, that's okay; the goose-egg swelling is a sign of normal blood clotting beneath the skin at the site of the head injury.

Nevertheless, you'll need to keep a close eye on your child during the forty-eight hours after a head injury because it can take that much time for damaged veins to leak and cause swelling in the brain. You may also want to see a doc to rule out a skull fracture, because a fracture can tear underlying blood vessels and place a lot of pressure on the brain. Because the skull-encased brain has nowhere to expand when it gets inflamed, an untreated skull fracture can lead to decreased brain function.

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