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Trauma, Burns & Head Injuries

The size of a lump on the head does not indicate the severity of an injury; often there will be an immediate "goose egg." Ice or cold compresses will help control any swelling. The usual treatment for trauma to any part of the body is RICE: Rest, Ice, Compression (an ace bandage) and Elevation. A child can be burned by liquids that wouldn't hurt an adult. Constant vigilance around hot liquids is imperative.

Go to the Emergency Room or Call the Office Immediately If:

  • Your child is knocked out, even if only for a short time.
  • Your child becomes disoriented or has balance problems.
  • Your child vomits more than once after a head injury, or there is bleeding from the ear.
  • There is a cut that won't stop bleeding, or it gapes open.
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