Treating Pediatric Trauma and Head Injuries
The Regional Pediatric Trauma Center at Cohen Children's Medical Center knows that children have different responses to traumatic injury than adults. These differences are best identified and managed by pediatric specialists who care for injured children on a regular basis.
Acute injuries can happen suddenly and usually are caused by some form of trauma. Trauma injuries typically include minor bruises, sprains and strains, or more severe injuries like broken bones or even torn ligaments.
Pediatric head injuries account for almost a half million emergency department visits per year. When a child receives a head injury from a fall, you should first assess the degree and the height of the fall. Take notice: did your child have any loss of consciousness after the fall? Has your child experienced any vomiting or is she complaining of nausea, or does she seem sluggish, after the trauma? If you have answered yes to any of those questions, you should seek immediate assistance.