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It is a parent's job to protect his or her child. It is a hard job, though, and sometimes parents in Virginia may not know how best to keep children safe. When a child has suffered a head injury, it is important that parents and other caregivers are on the lookout for possible signs of a serious brain injury.

There are a number of signs to be on the lookout for that may demonstrate a child has had a brain injury. Signs to look for include headaches associated with additional head, face or jaw pain, or headaches that keep recurring. Additionally, if a child develops balance problems and has episodes of dizziness or suffers from unusual falls, he or she may have a brain injury. A child who is suffering from sleep problems, such as mixing up day and night, or who shows a sudden change in sleep patterns, may have a brain injury.

Parents who notice their child is having seizures, a loss of consciousness or sudden weakness or numbness should seek immediate medical attention. Additionally, if a child is repeatedly vomiting or cannot be consoled and will not eat or nurse, it may be appropriate to seek immediate medical attention. Changes in behavior, such as memory or concentration problems, or being unusually sad or anxious, may also be signs of a brain injury.

There are many possible symptoms of a brain injury, and these guidelines should not be taken as medical advice. It is always imperative to seek medical attention anytime a child is experiencing unusual symptoms. Brain injuries can lead to permanent disability or necessitate long-term care, and the sooner they are identified and treated, the better.

Source:, "Taking Care of Your Child After Their Head's Been Hurt," accessed Nov. 13, 2015

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